- The IYGU connects local actions and global challenges.
- The IYGU focuses on the global sustainability of local action.
- The IYGU recognizes culturally different paths to global sustainability.
The International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) addresses the ways in which we inhabit an increasingly globalized world. How do we transform nature? How do we build new social and political relationships for the emerging global reality? Societies and cultures determine the ways we live with and shape nature. They influence how we perceive the global consequences of our everyday actions. We need to understand what our daily actions mean for the world as a whole in order to overcome global challenges.