UN Global Pulse Strategic Foresight Project in a Nutshell

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Questions in Focus


These are some of the questions behind the genesis of the Strategic Foresight project (2020-2022) led by UN Global Pulse, the Secretary-General’s Innovation Lab.

The experimentation supports and advances the UN Charter guided by Our Common Agenda and focuses on four impact areas:

This website focuses primarily on the first area of work – accelerating evidence and experimentation-based learning. Through experiments, we collected key insights, tools and resources that we hope others will find useful for their own foresight journey.

Impact in Numbers

While the impact of investments in organizational foresight capacity and the advancement of forward-looking cultures and inclusion will be realised over time, the numbers below provide an overview of the key outputs delivered.

Countries Engaged


UN Global Pulse Strategic Foresight project has been generously funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Finland

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“Strategic foresight is critical in our changing world. The means to act on the future must be within everyone’s reach. This is why Finland supports Foresight work and UN Global Pulse, SG’s innovation lab, which is ideally positioned to support the UN system in taking on the challenge.”

Aki Enkenberg, Team Leader: Innovation and Digital Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

We have experimented and collaborated with:


We define foresight as a collaborative process that explores futures in a structured and systematic way to anticipate, prepare and impact the course of change.

The base assumption is that, whilst the future cannot be known, exploring different future scenarios can help us imagine the plausible risks and opportunities, and with that awareness, make better decisions.

Thinking about the long-term consequences of our actions is a responsibility we all share for the future of our planet and next generations. Our visions of the future are powerful as they guide and impact our actions today.

Ways Of Working

Team Players

We support
Our Common Agenda

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Collaborative Co-Creators

We work through and with UN partners

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Transformation Facilitators

We build capabilities
& ownership

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Access Enthusiasts

We create inclusive spaces for people to imagine and shape futures

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Bridge Builders

We think in (eco)systems

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Non-Linear Thinkers

We embrace uncertainty and complexity

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Impact Drivers

We imagine actionable futures

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Methods’ Agnostic

We see foresight as a creative craft

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Hypothesis Testers

We experiment
and iterate

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List of countries

Africa: Benin, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

America: Belize, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, United States

Asia: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen

Europe: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Portugal, Switzerland

Oceania: Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea,

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