Building upon 10 years of collaborative research, the AGS has launched the first of what it hopes will be a number of flagship programs focused on broad topics of global importance. In March 2005, the Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) launched its first “flagship” program of integrated research, education, and outreach. Announced at the AGS annual meeting, the “Energy Flagship” will include a set of regional projects that focus on select energy sectors under the theme “Near-Term Pathways to a Sustainable Energy Future.”

Following on the successful start of the Energy Flagship Program, the AGS has initiated a second flagship on food and water, “Secure Ecosystem Services for a Nourished World”. The program, introduced at the 2006 AGS annual meeting in Bangkok, will identify development paths for social and technical systems, which aim for a nourished world in balance with the provisioning ecosystem.