Concordia selected to house UN Future Earth Project hub

July 10, 2014

Montreal has been chosen by the International Council for Science as one of 5 hubs for the United Nations Future Earth Project, a new program designed to support research into environmental issues and sustainability. Concordia University will house the initiative, which will be comprised of researchers from several Quebec universities. The 4 other global hubs selected for Future Earth are Tokyo, Paris, Stockholm, and Boulder (Colorado). Concordia President Alan Shepard stated, “Future Earth clearly recognizes Montreal’s research capacity and the valuable contribution we will make in developing solutions to global environmental challenges.” Future Earth has been given a 10-year mandate and will bring together 3 global environmental change programs: the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, the International Human Dimensions Programme and Diversitas. Montreal’s successful bid to house the hub is due to collaboration between representatives of Montreal International, the Quebec government and Montreal universities. Concordia News Release | Montreal Gazette