...humanity's relationship
with our global commons.


Leaders from around the world and across the professional spectrum are coming together to reinvent humanity's relationship with our one planet in common.

Erik Solheim

Executive Director, UN Environment

The answer to the tragedy of the commons is the answer to how we bring it within this horizon. We are smart enough, and have resources aplenty to solve our problems. We need the will and motivation—personal and political—to do it. For that to happen, we need to make an appeal within the care horizon.

Nicholas Stern

Chair, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science; President, British Academy

The agenda that preserves our global commons is also the only sustainable route to growth and poverty reduction. But action with real pace and scale is urgent: the window of opportunity is narrow. The decisions we make over the next 15 years will determine what kind of world we will have for the rest of the century

Mary Robinson

President, Mary Robinson Foundation—Climate Justice

We are custodians of our planet, a global commons that, by 2050, will be home to some 9 billion people. It is our duty to live in such a way that the precious, life sustaining environment which keeps us is passed to future generations in at least as healthy a state as we received it from those before us.

Inger Andersen

Director General, IUCN

Despite such tremendous forces of transformation as climate change and dramatic socioeconomic inequality, there are credible and accessible political, economic, cultural and technological choices that can promote general welfare in ways that support and even enhance our planet’s natural assets.

Andrew Steer

President and CEO, World Resources Institute

Four revolutionary shifts in social and economic life are needed to tame Bigfoot-style economic impacts and safeguard the global commons: transforming cities, re-thinking food and agriculture, decarbonizing energy systems, and transitioning from linear approaches to production, design, use and disposal of materials to circular economic models.

Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Deputy Director General/Deputy Chief Executive Officer, and Caroline Zimm, Research Assistant, Transitions to New Technologies, IIASA

Jointly implementing all the SDGs would contribute both to further human development and to safeguarding the commons and the stability of the Earth systems. Importantly, joint implementation that avoids silo-type thinking would be cheaper and faster than tackling them separately

Mark Malloch-Brown

Chair of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission

What we need—and urgently—is a radical shift in perception by the private sector to view the global goals as the greatest economic opportunity any generation has had, rather than a burden and constraint to growth.

Dominic Waughray

Head of Public-Private Partnership, Member of the Executive Committee, WEF

Someone will have to do all this, and soon, or these wicked problems will come home to roost, and we will never properly address the competing challenges of managing our global commons and ensuring needed economic development. Then, as ever, it is likely to be the poorest people who will lose out.

Christiana Figueres

Former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Convener, Mission 2020

We are at a precarious point for the fate of the global commons. Our actions on climate protection over the next few years will determine whether we continue on a path of exponentially growing national disasters, or pivot onto a path toward a safer, more prosperous world.

Peter Bakker

President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

“Business is in a unique position to observe and intervene in many issues facing the global commons — from reducing emissions and addressing climate change,
to stopping ocean pollution and fixing broken food systems. Across the world, companies are stepping up to meet the challenge.”

Naoko Ishii

CEO and Chairperson, GEF

“Operating within the planetary boundaries is not just the only way to ensure healthy economies, but has the potential to provide much greater and better shared growth than sticking to business as usual. Safeguarding and enhancing the global commons is therefore the wisest investment we can possibly make”


Our bottom line for safeguarding the Global Commons is the following: It is urgent, it is needed for people and planet, and the world will be so much better for it—so let’s get on with it!

This renewed focus on the global commons was initiated by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in partnership with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Economic Forum (WEF) Environmental Systems Initiative and The Value Web (TVW).

The changes our planet needs are already underway, but only a broad and truly diverse movement can make these opportunities reality at the pace the world needs. No individual, organization, business or nation can succeed on her own. We must all play our part to catalyze change and build the movement.

Some are champions who deliver the message, engage, excite, and help build momentum. Others bring the evidence forward and point toward exciting new solutions or provide the financing, the policy frameworks, and the necessary organisational and technical support to see them through to reality. We aim to bring these players together behind a common vision to identify synergies and trade-offs, gaps and opportunities in order to accelerate the changes humanity deserves to the pace the planet, and our global commons, require.

To join the effort or for more information, please contact info@oneplanetincommon.com.