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Universality of Science: Freedom and Responsibility

The International Council for Science promotes the Universality of Science on the basis that science is a common human endeavour that transcends national boundaries and is to be shared by all people. Scientific progress results from global exchange of ideas, data, materials and understanding of the work of others.

On that basis, the Council focuses on three overlapping aspects of universality: freedom and responsibility in the conduct of science; access to scientific data and information; and, strengthening science in developing countries.  The first element is the subject of ICSU Statute 5, the Principle of Universality (Freedom and Responsibility) of Science. The guardian of this principle is the policy Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS).

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