About Stakeholder Forum

Stakeholder Forum is an international organisation working to advance sustainable development and promote democracy at a global level. Our work aims to enhance open, accountable and participatory international decision-making on sustainable development through enhancing the involvement of stakeholders in intergovernmental processes.

Stakeholder Forum seeks to provide a bridge between those who have a stake in sustainable development, and the international forums where decisions are made in their name. To this end, we work with a diversity of stakeholders globally on international policy development and advocacy; stakeholder engagement and consultation; media and communications and capacity building – all with the ultimate objective of promoting progressive outcomes on sustainable development through an open and participatory approach.

Stakeholder Forum was founded in 1987 as UNED UK – United Nations Environment and Development UK (UNED UK), operating as the National Committee for UNEP in the UK. The organization continues to fulfill this function, but was renamed Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future in 2000 to reflect the broad range of activities that the organization undertakes.

Stakeholder Forum played a key role in the preparations for and follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 and the 2012 Earth Summit (www.earthsummit2012.org). It is also the leading organisation in developing and facilitating global multi-stakeholder processes on sustainable development.

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Since December 2017, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future formed a partnership with the Earth System Governance Project to strengthen understanding of transformative governance for sustainability through integrating scientific research and multi-stakeholder advocacy. The Partnership strengthens the evidence base of the multi-stakeholder processes facilitated by Stakeholder Forum, and the impact of the novel policy solutions that are developed by researchers from the Earth System Governance Project. It will focus on better governance that is needed to facilitate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda across scales and across policy areas.

Stakeholder Forum is a not-for-profit organisation incorporated in London and New York, with a secretariat co-located with the Earth System Governance International Project Office at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, and works with consultants from around the world. It receives funding from governments, UN agencies, foundations and international financial institutions.