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International Research Collaboration

ICSU works with strategic partners to plan and coordinate international research programmes that address major issues of relevance to both science and society. To this end, a number of Interdisciplinary Bodies have been created, addressing various themes, including: global environmental change; hazards and disasters; ecosystem change; oceans; space research; and solar-terrestrial physics. ICSU also sets up committees to address particular issues. The committees have a very specific remit (often including whether ICSU has a role to play in addressing the issue) and they are expected to complete their tasks within a pre-determined timeframe. ICSU is also involved in a number of external activities as a representative for the scientific community (e.g. UN Commission on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012).

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