Our work at the UN

ICSU works at the intersection of science and policy, to ensure that science is integrated into international policy development and that relevant policies take into account both scientific knowledge and the needs of science.

ICSU’s work on science for policy focuses on three main areas:

  • providing scientific advice, coordinating and facilitating the participation of scientists in policy processes and international conferences
  • providing advice on how policy processes should be created or modified to best receive and utilise available scientific knowledge
  • creating scientific research programmes that will improve collaboration between scientists, policy-makers and other stakeholders in the generation of scientific knowledge

UN policy fora
Much of ICSU’s work on science for policy takes place at the international level, working with the United Nations (UN), predominantly through the ‘Major Groups’ model of participation, in which ICSU works as organising partner for the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group.

ICSU’s activities in this arena ranges from:

      • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
      • Disaster Risk Reduction
      • Climate change
      • Urbanisation
    __    Biodiversity