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Corporate presentation - Manuel de Leon ICSU

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Presentation of Manuel de León, member of the Executive Board of ICSU, for the #ICSUFocalPointsinLAC workshop in Universidad de Panamá March 9-10, 2015

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Corporate presentation - Manuel de Leon ICSU

  1. 1. Strengthening International Science for the Benefit of Society
  2. 2. March, 2015 2 ICSU: who and what? •  Founded in 1931, but roots back to 1899 •  A membership organization with: 121 National Members and 32 International Scientific Unions •  Global and regional networks and presence •  Establishes Interdisciplinary Bodies in key areas •  Limited finances but unique worldwide access to intellectual resources
  3. 3. March, 2015 3 ICSU: a long history A few landmarks: §  International Geophysical year (1957-1958) §  International Biological Programme (1964-1974) §  Freedom in the conduct of science (1963-) §  Four global change programmes (1980-2015) §  ASCEND 21 and the Rio Earth Summit (1991,1992) §  Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD, 2002) §  Summit on the information Society (WSIS, 2003,05) §  Regional Offices (2005-) §  International Polar Year (2007-2008) §  IRDR (2010-) §  Future Earth (2013-) §  Urban Heath and Wellbeing (2014-)
  4. 4. March, 2015 4 The ICSU Vision “A world where excellence in science is effectively translated into policy-making and socio-economic development. In such a world, universal and equitable access to scientific data and information is a reality and all countries have the scientific capacity to use these ….”
  5. 5. March, 2015 5 ICSU Strategic Plan I 2006-2011 •  3yr consultation involving scientists across the world to identify societally important priorities where science can and should be making a major contribution. •  the process itself resulted in a total of 13 separate expert reviews, reports and statements
  6. 6. March, 2015 6 ICSU Strategic Plan II 2012-2017 International Research Collaboration Science and Policy Universality of Science Themes
  7. 7. External Review of ICSU The External Review of ICSU was set up in mid-2013 to review the activities of ICSU since 1996. Key recommendations: •  Promote a vision •  Relations with other global institutions of science •  Strengthen funding •  Governance •  Regional Offices March, 2015 7
  8. 8. March, 2015 8 International Research Collaboration •  Linking research, monitoring, and assessments with focus on global environmental change •  International Polar Year 2007-2008 •  Natural and Human-Induced Environmental Hazards and Disasters •  Science for Sustainable Development •  Science for Human Health •  Sustainable Energy
  9. 9. March, 2015 9 Common features •  Complex scientific challenges •  New knowledge and new approaches necessary •  Trans-disciplinary: natural and social sciences need to work together •  Many stakeholders outside of science involved •  Politically (and commercially) sensitive •  Raise issues of equity and openness •  Critical links between local and global challenges and solutions
  10. 10. March, 2015 10 ICSU’s role: the Global Change example 100% 0.5% 0.005% Seeding and catalysis Research Planning and Coordination Initialization ICSU US$ 2 bn US$ 10m US$ 100k
  11. 11. March, 2015 11 Science for Policy •  Ensure that international research programmes address key policy issues •  Participate in major international assessments •  Produce authoritative statements, e.g. Review of Targets for the SDGs: The Science Perspective (2015) •  Speak as the voice of international science in policy fora, e.g. organizing partner with UN WCDRR
  12. 12. March, 2015 12 Universality of Science •  The Principle of Universality of Science – Freedom and Responsibility in science •  Reaching out to all countries: – Access to Data and Information – Regional Offices
  13. 13. March, 2015 13 The Principle of Universality of Science ICSU Statute 5: •  Founding principle of ICSU •  Stipulates non-discrimination and equity in the conduct of science •  Shared responsibility for all scientists in promoting and upholding the principle •  Freedoms also imply responsibilities
  14. 14. March, 2015 14 ICSU Regional Offices •  Regional Office for Africa inaugurated in September 2005 •  Regional Office for Asia and Pacific inaugurated in September 2006 •  Regional Office for Latin America / Caribbean inaugurated in April 2007 •  Aim: To ensure that the voice of developing countries influences the international agenda setting and that scientists from the South are fully involved in the research
  15. 15. March, 2015 15 Strategic Partners •  The UN System, including: –  UNESCO Sectors of Natural and Social Sciences, Education and Communication –  UNEP and its Science Initiative –  UN Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) –  WMO, re climate change, IPY and Natural Hazards, and Health and Wellbeing •  The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) •  International Social Science Council (ISSC) •  The technological community
  16. 16. March, 2015 16 In Conclusion “Strengthening science for the benefit of society can only be achieved if scientific knowledge is used not only to stimulate innovation and development of new technologies but also to inform decision making….Scientists and their representative organizations have to accept increasing responsibility and develop new mechanisms to share their understanding with many different stakeholders in society..”
  17. 17. www.icsu.org Twitter: @ICSUnews

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