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Future Directions International (FDI) is an independent, not-for-profit Research Institute. It was established in 2000, by Major General (Retd) the Honourable Michael Jeffery (former Governor General of Australia) together with a small group of leading Australians, to conduct comprehensive research of important medium to long-term issues facing Australia.

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04 March 2021

We have a choice. The next decade could see us transition into a world of ever more destabilising shocks, or towards a reconfiguration of the systems we rely on based on goals of equity, sustainability and resilience. Forum for the Future, a leading international sustainability non-profit organisation with offices in London, New York, Singapore and Mumbai, in a recent Future of Sustainability report entitled From System Shock to System Change – Time to Transform, explores the key dynamics that lie at the heart of these transitions. It considers the interconnected nature of human and planetary health and reveals four trajectories emerging from the COVID-19 crisis. Only one of which will deliver the just transition urgently needed if we are to avert the worst of the social, climate and biodiversity crises we all face. FDI commends this Report to you in providing this summary of its analysis.

News from the CEO

  • 3 February 2021
    What’s Next?

    The Pacific Islands Forum will hold its virtual Special Leaders Retreat on 3 February. Somalia will hold a presidential election on 8 February.

  • 10 December 2020
    What’s Next?

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian concludes his two-day visit to Qatar on 10 December. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is to begin a two-day visit to India on 16 December as the UK seeks to position itself as an Indo-Pacific power.

  • 24 November 2020
    What’s Next?

    Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla will pay an official visit to Nepal, on 26 and 27 November. Two days later, Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe will make a one-day visit to Nepal, arriving in Kathmandu on 29 November.

  • 13 November 2020
    What’s Next?

    The fifteenth East Asia Summit will meet virtually on 14 November. Also to be held virtually is the twelfth BRICS Leader’s Summit on 17 November, with the theme “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.


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