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The General Assembly (GA) is the highest authority of ICSU and consists of representatives of the Scientific Union Members and of the National Scientific Members.

Terms of Reference for the General Assembly can be found in Statute 18 of the ICSU Statutes and Rules of Procedures.

Since the inaugural event in 1931, which established ICSU, the organisation has has held regular General Assemblies. These meetings provide a forum for conducting ICSU business and allow leading scientists to identify and discuss the world’s most pressing scientific issues.

The GA meets every three years and is responsible for setting the general direction, policies and priorities for the next triennium. In 2005, after more than 70 years existence, ICSU underwent a transition, the key element of which was the approval of ICSU's first ever strategic plan by the 28th GA in Suzhou, China.

The 31st General Assembly of the International Council for Science was held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 30 August to 3 September 2014. The next General Assembly in 2017 will be held in Taipei.

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