Our work at the UN

The International Science Council 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.

Drawing on its diverse networks of co-sponsored scientific programmes and initiatives, the Council’s work on science for policy focuses on three 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 ISC’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 ISC works as organizing partner for the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group.

ISC’s activities in this arena ranges from:

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