WAAS Partnerships


WAAS has been granted ‘Special Consultative Status’ by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 2017. This empowers the Academy to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the UN Secretariat, programmes, funds and agencies. This enables WAAS to express its views and to influence the work of the Council through meetings, events, presentations, etc.


WAAS was granted ‘Consultative Status’ by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2019. This association will enable WAAS to collaborate with UNESCO on research and programming designed to promote a new paradigm in person-centered, collaborative, contextual and transdisciplinary education in partnership with the World University Consortium.

World University Consortium

World University Consortium was created in 2013, aiming to establish a "World Virtual University" an old dream of the founders of WAAS. The mission of World University Consortium is to evolve and promote development of accessible, affordable, quality higher education worldwide based on a human-centered approach, to give contextualized knowledge within a trans-disciplinary conceptual framework reflecting the complexity and integration of the real world. 


In March 2014 WAAS entered into a memorandum of understanding for collaboration with European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the the world’s most prestigious scientific research institutions, to further the Academy’s exploration of the social consequences and policy implications of knowledge. Apart from its leading edge research on high-energy physics probing the fundamental structure of the universe, CERN is also a superb model of scientific innovation and the birthplace of the World Wide Web. With 22 nations as members, CERN represents an excellent model for advancing international cooperation, which has already led to establishment of SESAME, a sister institution involving countries in the Middle East in highly successful scientific collaboration. CERN also has an active program exploring linkages between art and science. Herwig Schopper, WAAS Trustee and former Director General of CERN, is the Academy’s lead contact.

Ethical Markets Media

Ethical Markets Media (USA and Brazil) is a micro-multinational social enterprise with the mission of reforming financial markets and metrics while helping accelerate and track the transition to the green economy worldwide. Ethical Markets is partnering with WAAS on the development of new economic theory and finance education through its research activities, television series and daily news reports at www.ethicalmarkets.com.. Ethical Markets Media was founded by Hazel Henderson, a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author of important books on economy, finance and ecology.

European Leadership Network

ELN is a high level pan-European network of politicians and diplomats working for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. In 2012-13, WAAS collaborated with ELN to conduct two NATO-sponsored conferences on international security: Nuclear Threats & Security at IUC in Dubrovnik on September 14-17, 2012 and Actions to Enhance Global Security at DHUC in Zagreb on May 3-4, 2013. ELN is chaired by Lord Des Browne, a Fellow of the Academy.


European Scientific Institute

The European Scientific Institute (ESI) is a global academic platform, which cooperates with Universities and academic centers on 5 continents, by organizing scientific conferences, forums, workshops and joint projects. ESI represents a bridge for exploration from all over the world, thus contributing to the promotion of the modern scientific accomplishments. Led by its motto “Science does not know borders”, the ESI provides a greater global exchange of knowledge and the sharing of best practices.

Foundation for a Culture of Peace

An international NGO founded by former UNESCO Director General and WAAS Fellow Federico Mayor Zaragoza to promote a culture of peace, human rights, non-violence, tolerance and dialogue among civilizations. The Foundation has Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC.

Green Cross International

An international NGO founded in 1993 by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev with headquarters in Geneva and offices in about 30 countries. The mission of GCI is to respond to the combined challenges of security, poverty and environmental degradation to ensure a sustainable and secure future. GCI has Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC.


Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik

WAAS is now a member of IUC, an independent international institution for advanced studies structured as a consortium of about 170 member universities worldwide with a mission to organise and promote contact and exchange through projects, study programmes, courses and conferences across a wide range of scientific concerns. WAAS plans to conduct foundation courses at IUC in partnership with other member institutions to evolve new course content on subjects such as new economic theory, human centered development, individuality and leadership, global rule of law and international security.


Library of Alexandria

Bibliotheca Alexandrina hosted a WAAS roundtable on Search for an Alternative Paradigm to address the Multi-dimensional Global Crisis at the Library in June 2013 preparatory to a major international conference to expand WAAS activities in the Mediterranean region. BA is also partnering with WAAS on the World University Consortium project. The Director of the library is Dr. Mustafa El Feki.


Nizami Ganjavi International Center

NGIC is a cultural, non-political organization based in Baku, Azerbaijan, dedicated to the memory of the Azerbaijani national poet Nizami Ganjavi, the study and dissemination of his works, the promotion of the  principles embodied in his writings, the advancements of culture and creative expression, and the promotion of learning, dialogue and understanding between cultures and peoples. In September 2013, WAAS participated in an NGIC-Club of  adrid preparatory meeting in Baku on Shared Societies and entered into an MOU with NGIC to promote collaboration in  matters of a culture of peace, dialogue, tolerance and understanding within the framework of the programs and sources of action of both entities, through joint programs in areas such as education, culture, science, the environment, human rights, public security with a particular focus on intercultural dialogue and action. WAAS Fellow Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director of the Library of Alexandria, is Co-Chair of the Board of NGIC.

The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)

In July 2016, WAAS was elected as a member of the Inter-Academy Partnership. The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), which was formally launched in South Africa in March 2016, brings together established networks of academies of science, medicine and engineering, namely IAP, the global network of science academies, the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) and the InterAcademy Council (IAC). Under the new InterAcademy Partnership, more than 130 national and regional member/ academies will work together to support the special role of science and its efforts to seek solutions to address the world's most challenging problems. in particular, the new IAP will harness the expertise of the world's scientific, medical and engineering leaders to advance sound policies, promote excellence in science education, improve public health, and achieve other critical development goals. WAAS looks forward to working with WAAS Fellow Mohamed H.A. Hassan, Co-President of IAP and other members of IAP to promote socially responsible application of science for the betterment of humankind.

The Millennium Project

The Millennium Project is a global participatory think tank established in 1996 under the American Council for the United Nations University that became independent in 2009 and has grown into a global network of 63 nodal groups of institutions and individuals around the world group connecting local and global perspectives and building a global collective intelligence system recognized for its ability to improve prospects for humanity. MP identifies long-range challenges and strategies and initiates and conducts foresight studies, workshops, symposiums, and advanced training. Its mission is to improve thinking about the future and make it available through a variety of media for feedback to accumulate wisdom about the future for better decisions today. It produces the State of the Future reports, the Futures Research Methodology series, the Global Futures Intelligence System (GFIS), and special studies. Over 4,500 futurists, scholars, business planners, and policymakers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities have participated in MP research since its inception.


United Nations Academic Impact

WAAS is now a member of the UNAI, an association of 1000 colleges and universities in some 120 countries working with the United Nations to promote global priorities, including peace, human rights, and sustainable development. The Academy looks to collaborate with UNAI to promote a new paradigm in global higher education.