There is an ongoing need to engage academics, businesses, communities, non-governmental organisations, government, and regulatory bodies worldwide for climate change and sustainable development goals. There is also a need for integrative multi-institutional projects, to incorporate multi-dimensional practical, sustainable solutions, and to deliver a sustainable future with a central focus of ‘leaving no one behind.’
The challenge to execute an excellent transdisciplinary environment for the knowledge exchange activities in the current times have increased due to reasons such as a) the uncertainties around the COVID-19 pandemic’s short-term and long-term impacts; b) limited resources and opportunities available to interested groups to disseminate their project/business/research findings, c) the ongoing changes in the urban fabric and accelerating population growth exaggerate these challenges, d) many regions have a constant struggle between multiple, different social groups and their use of urban land.
Many of us have unique and divergent economic capacities and political will to support transdisciplinary projects. However, creating a homogenous worldwide project with the capacity among varied regions poses several challenges and issues. They need careful attention to arrive at workable initiatives for sustainable futures.
Given this context, we must provide a platform for researchers and sustainability professionals to strengthen research capacity and sustainability capabilities worldwide, with the fundamental ingredients of capacity development’ knowledge’ and ‘skills’, engagement of the key players – academics, researchers, industry professionals, provocative technocrats, and research-oriented institutions, and responding to the ongoing and emerging climate change, environmental and sustainability challenges in the world’s various regions.
We at GSFN have deliberately built an open, engaging, transparent worldwide platform with multi-dimensional sustainable development (SDGs) framework that integrates all the above listed elements.