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      Foresight Analysis

      Introduction

      In 1995-96, an independent Panel of experts was invited to conduct an assessment of ICSU. According
      to the Panel report, “ICSU and its members need to formulate an innovative process for determining
      future directions and for identifying new initiatives”. As a consequence, the Committee on Scientific
      Planning and Review (CSPR) was established to advise the Executive Board and the General
      Assembly of ICSU. At the 27
      th General Assembly in 2002, it was decided to develop a strategic plan
      to cover the coming 5-10 years, and the CSPR was charged with developing this process.
      It was further suggested that a central component of this planning process should be a broad-based,
      forward-looking assessment of issues that may be of growing importance to science and society in the
      coming decades, for which ICSU may have a unique, useful role to play in catalyzing the needed
      international, interdisciplinary linkages. The first step in this exercise was to commission a metaanalysis
      of national foresight studies that have been carried out by national governments around the
      world (Identification of Key Emerging Issues in Science and Society: an International Perspective on
      National Foresight Studies; ICSU, 2002).

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