UNU-IAS implements the Grant for Global Sustainability (GGS), an initiative supporting research related to implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Educational and research institutions based in Japan are eligible to apply for the 3-year grants. Proposals must focus on one of the following three themes:
Theme 1: Education and governance to achieve inclusive development
Under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it will be crucial to accelerate efforts to improve education and governance to realize inclusive development, through which all people participate in and benefit from social and economic development. Therefore, proposals under this research theme must address education and governance towards realizing a more fair development. Keywords related to the theme: development of the educational system, human/social/economic development, good governance, and peace building.
Theme 2: Solutions to the challenges faced by the Earth’s systems
Unsustainable use of Earth’s natural capital is leading to the Earth’s weakened life support system. Changes in the natural environment are causing disasters, resulting in increased poverty and the vulnerability of humans and society. Human and social development, including related to food, water and energy, continue to be prioritized under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and conservation of the Earth’s systems is the foundation. Therefore, proposals under research theme 2 must develop solutions to the challenges to sustainable development faced by the Earth. Keywords related to the theme: natural capital, biodiversity, climate change, global change, and sensing and monitoring technology.
Theme 3: Solutions to the challenges encountered by cities and residential areas
Currently, about 60% of the world’s population lives in cities, and by 2050 the urban population will double, accounting for 80% of the world’s total population. In many developing countries, urbanization is progressing at a pace that exceeds social infrastructure development; and as a result, the less well-off and inflow workers are often forced to live in a poor living environment. The “New Urban Agenda” developed by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in September 2016 requires improving the inclusiveness of cities and residential areas, safety, resilience, and sustainability through the social implementation of SDGs. Therefore, proposals under this research theme must address the sustainable development of human living through prevention of deterioration of human living in the urbanized world, ameliorating conditions to improve the living environment of all people. Keywords related to the theme: human settlement, urban environment, safety, innovation and employment, infrastructure, production and consumption, and health.