Advancing Science as a Global Public Good: ISC Action Plan 2019–2021


The International Science Council’s (ISC) released a new action plan for action over the next two and a half years. The document most important purpose is to form a practical framework for the ISC’s work, in all of its key functions, until the end of 2021.

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The Action plan gives effect to the Council’s vision and mission, contained in the high-level strategy published on the occasion of the Council’s launch in 2018. In addition, it serves as a basis for active engagement with ISC members, and as a point of departure for dialogue and cooperation with partners and funders who share our objectives. The Action Plan is intended to be a living document, allowing the ISC the flexibility to respond to new and emerging opportunities, and to adapt to ongoing strategic reflection and development. It will also provide a basis for continual monitoring and progress reporting to members and other stakeholders.

At the heart of the Action Plan is a selection of projects and programmes that are relevant to all scientific fields and all parts of the world. Some of these are already in progress; others are ready for development. Many encompass and build on ongoing ISC activities, including the Council’s portfolio of international research programmes, scientific committees, networks, data bodies and observing systems.

Call to action: The ISC seeks partnerships with members, with other international scientific organizations, with funders and with stakeholders in the public and private sectors who are inspired by the actions presented in the Plan and who want to join ISC and who share the ambitions captured in the global call. ISC’s projects and programmes cover four domains of impact: i) the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; ii) The Digital Revolution; iii) Science in Policy and Public Discourse; and iv) The Evolution of Science and Science Systems.

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Chemistry International is the newsmagazine of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). News about IUPAC, its chemists, its publications, its recommendations, its conferences and the work of its commissions and committees is published bimonthly in CI.