International Council for Science (ICSU)

Conseil international pour la science

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July 1919, Brussels (Belgium), as International Research Council (IRC) -- Conseil international des recherches (CIR). July 1931, changed name to International Council of Scientific Unions -- Conseil international des unions scientifiques (CIUS) -- Consejo Internacional de Uniones Cientificas -- Internationaler Rat Wissenschaftlicher Vereinigungen -- Mezdunarodnyj Sovet Naucnyh Sojuzov. Current name adopted, Apr 1998. New statutes and rules of procedure adopted by 28th General Assembly, Oct 2005, Suzhou (China). Ceased to exist 2018, on merger with International Social Science Council (ISSC) to become International Science Council (ISC).


Act as a focal point for exchange of ideas, communication of scientific information and development of scientific standards and networks. Address such matters of concern to scientists as: education and capacity building for science; access to scientific data and information; science in developing countries; freedom in the conduct of science.

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Research and development.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Associate Status); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (Special Status); International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (Permanent Observer Status); United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 6 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 5 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 120 countries
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Type II Classification

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Subjects *

  • Science
    • Science

UN Sustainable Development Goals **



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7. Dec 2017
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