Although the common challenges we are facing, such as global warming, biodiversity erosion or poverty, can't be ignored anymore in multilateral and national political agendas, we lack the answers and the means to meet them within the necessary deadlines. Whether intellectual, technological or political, these challenges lead research and decision-making communities to consider a question that has still to be answered, that is the definition of a fair and effective global governance.

Without any previous history neither consensual reference leading to a normative conception of a "good" governance for global issues, this concept is building up by trial and error. Documenting and informing this global governance empirical building process, while meeting the theorical and conceptual challenges it raises, are the goals of our cross-disciplinary programme.

Governance is structured around three main focal areas:

Furthermore, Laurence Tubiana is a member of the White Paper commission on foreign and European French policy, set up in October 2007 with the scope of establishing the future vision of the role of French diplomacy from an analysis based on international environment.