Foresight Network

  • Lead: Ms. Christin Pfeiffer (UNESCO)
  • Reporting to: High-level Committee on Programmes

At its thirty-seventh session in April 2019, HLCP supported the creation of an informal network to promote the sharing of foresight-related experiences and expertise. Subsequently, at its thirty-eighth session (October 2019), the Committee welcomed the establishment of the informal HLCP Strategic Foresight Network (see terms of reference), led and coordinated by UNESCO, and agreed to utilize it to inform HLCP’s analytical work. 

The Network, which formed in early 2020, seeks to promote and support foresight capacities across the UN system and foster cross-agency and system-wide collaboration. It functions as an informal platform for HLCP member entities experienced or interested in strategic foresight, with the aim to:

  • Promote sharing and cross-fertilization of experience, approaches and tools, and best practices and lessons-learned to strengthen the shared understanding of and collective capacity for applying foresight approaches to efforts by the UN system.   
  • Encourage networking, mutual learning, and synergies among senior-level officials engaged in strategic foresight, as well as between them and relevant external experts as appropriate.
  • Provide future-aware analyses and perspectives on topics of system-wide relevance, through collective futures-thinking and joint foresight exercises as appropriate, to inform, enrich, and “futures-proof” the work of HLCP/CEB, as well as other pertinent UN mechanisms as relevant.
  • Support HLCP’s efforts to contribute to a culture of “futures-orientation” and promote “futures literacy” of UN system staff through the sharing of foresight-related information and experience arising from the Network’s efforts.
  • Foresight
  • Innovation
  • High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP)


  • Informal HLCP Strategic Foresight Network TORs.pdf

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