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Council's Union Members meet in Paris
Council's Union Members meet in Paris
Apr 14, 2016 The triennial meeting of the International Council for Science's Union Members took place at the Fondation Simone et Cino del Duca in Paris, France on 12-13 April 2016.
ICSU’s Urban Health programme convenes workshop in China on modelling approaches to human health risks in cities May 02, 2016
Experts from a wide range of disciplines who share an interest in modelling different approaches to urban health gathered on the island of Gulangyu, off the Chinese coastal city of Xiamen last week for a workshop to explore ways to engage policy dialogue around these issues. The two-day workshop - which was held from April 28-29 - was organised by the ICSU co-sponsored “Urban Health and Wellbeing programme” and hosted by the Institute of Urban Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Gulangyu Island was chosen as the location for its historical meaning as the birthplace of tropical medicine. Participants came from China, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Announcing the new ICSU Grants Programme Apr 29, 2016
ICSU launches grants programme to foster collaborative science among scientific Unions. Applications are now invited for the 2016 ICSU Grants Programme.
World Data System marks fifth anniversary of International Programme Office Apr 06, 2016
A ceremony was held today to mark five years of successful collaboration between the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and the International Council of Science (ICSU) for the hosting and support of the World Data System International Programme Office (WDS-IPO).
ICSU represented at the Habitat III Regional Meeting in Prague Mar 20, 2016
This week, ICSU attended the Habitat III Europe & North America Regional Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic. The meeting, one of five Regional Meetings happening this year, is part of the preparatory process for the UN Habitat III conference on sustainable urbanization, which will take place in Quito, Ecuador from 17-20 October 2016.
ICSU Executive Director elected co-chair of special advisory group on the SDGs Mar 07, 2016
ICSU Executive Director Heide Hackmann was elected co-chair of the 10-member group supporting the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the first meeting on 3-4 March in New York. The group comprises representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community and was appointed by the UN Secretary-General.
Global Climate Observation conference held in Amsterdam Mar 07, 2016
During the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) scientific conference that took place in Amsterdam from 2 to 4 March 2016, ICSU was represented by CFRS member Guéladio Cissé. Cisse presented ICSU and its work to the conference participants.
IPBES publishes its first assessment on pollinators & food production Mar 01, 2016
On Friday 26 February 2016, IPBES approved its first-ever assessment on pollinators, pollination and food production. The assessment, co-chaired by Simon Potts and Vera Imperatriz-Fonseca, involved over 70 authors and was a result of a two-year study. The assessment’s summary for policymakers highlights that animal pollination plays a vital role for ecosystems and people, and the central role of a large variety of pollinators including bees, moths, butterflies, bats, and many other species.
IPBES meets for fourth plenary, will publish assessments on pollinators; biodiversity scenarios and models Feb 25, 2016
ICSU is represented at the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) plenary taking place this week from 22 to 28 February 2016. This session will see an important milestone as IPBES will release its first two assessments: the thematic assessment on pollinators, pollination and food production, and the methodological assessment on scenarios and models of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
ICSU’s response to the 2014 External Review Feb 15, 2016
In response to the External Review of the International Council of Science in 2014, the Executive Board has formulated a detailed response to the review.
Executive Director of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme Feb 03, 2016
The International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR) invite applications for the post of Executive Director of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme, which will be vacant on 1 June 2016.
Scientists pledge to step up action on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Feb 01, 2016
At the UNISDR Science & Technology (S&T) conference held in Geneva on 27-29 January 2016, hundreds of scientists and policymakers pledged to step up action on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global agreement that aims to curb deaths and economic losses from natural and man-made hazards. ICSU took part in the organization of the conference alongside other partners.
ICSU co-organizes major science conference on disaster risk reduction Jan 20, 2016
The UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 takes place in Geneva January 27th-29th.
UN Secretary General appoints ICSU Executive Director to special advisory group on the SDGs Jan 08, 2016
ICSU Executive Director Heide Hackmann has been appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to serve on a special advisory group from civil society, the private sector and the scientific community which will support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism, a key part of the post-2015 architecture for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
A unique event at the cutting edge of virtual reality storytelling, science and technology during COP21 Dec 21, 2015
The event connected scientists with the latest virtual reality technology that can bridge the “empathy deficit” that often hinders effective science communications.
ICSU co-organizes key scientific press conference at COP21 Dec 18, 2015
More than 200 international journalists streamed into a side event room at Le Bourget to hear the comments of leading international scientists on the penultimate draft of the Paris Agreement. The press conference led to extensive coverage in the international press, with many of the key arguments presented by the scientists resonating through media until after the agreement was accepted.
Celebrating the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) at AGU Dec 15, 2015
The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) closes down with a series of celebrations at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) at San Francisco from Dec 14-18. After three decades of fostering international collaborative research and synthesis on global change, the scientific projects and networks under IGBP will transition into Future Earth.
The International Council for Science at COP21 - week 2 Dec 09, 2015
The 21st Conference of the Parties opened in Paris on November 30 in order to negotiate a comprehensive global agreement on reducing carbon emissions. ICSU has been present throughout this historic event via a wide range of fora and activities.
ICSU receives SFSA Science Diplomacy Award Dec 09, 2015
As part of the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) held in pretoria 8-9 December, ICSU was awarded the SFSA Science Diplomacy Award in the category recognizing "an international partnership which has made an outstanding contribution to harnessing scientific advice for multilateral decision-making."
The International Council for Science at COP21 Nov 27, 2015
The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to UNFCCC has started today in Paris. ICSU will be present with a delegation and has a booth in the main negotiations zone.
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