The International Council for Science (ICSU) is a non-governmental organisation with a global membership of national scientific bodies (121 members, representing 141 countries) and International Scientific Unions (31 members). The main ICSU Secretariat is based in Paris.


ICSU’s mission

ICSU’s mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society. Part of that mission involves supporting research programmes that address Global Environmental Change (GEC) issues. These programmes provide the scientific basis for many large international assessments and conventions, such as the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC).

Projects related to global environmental change (GEC) issues

ICSU is one of the sponsors of the international research initiative Future Earth, along with the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Belmont Forum, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization.


Moreover, ICSU’s three Regional Offices in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean support scientific networks in their regions. They also facilitate the participation of scientists from developing countries in the activities of ICSU and its Members, and ensure that the ICSU strategy and activities are responsive to the needs of developing countries. You will find more information about such projects on the website of each of ICSU’s three Regional Offices.

How to get involved in ICSU projects




Scientists of all disciplines, natural and social, as well as engineering, the humanities and law are welcome to get involved with ICSU.