ICSU has just concluded the implementation of its first ever Strategic Plan, 2006–2011. This new strategic approach had responded to the recommendation of the 1996 Schmidtt review that the organization needed to become strategic in addressing key international interdisciplinary issues that are important for science and society. In 2009, ICSU began the process to develop the Second Strategic Plan, keeping in mind the message from Members at the 2008 General Assembly that the mission and vision were still framed correctly and the second plan should be an evolution of the first.
The is now available, the result of an extensive consultation and planning process among the ICSU membership, headed by the ICSU Committee on Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR). It includes a summary of achievements – including the completion and launching of new global initiatives – during the period 2006-2011, and integrates information from ICSU activities such as: the reviews of the Regional Offices; the sustainability research visioning process; the foresight scenario analysis; and the strategic review of ICSU’s role in science education.
In essence, ICSU's strategic activities focus on three key areas:
These areas form the basis of the What we do section of the ICSU website.