To address knowledge needs in order to guide efforts of mitigation and adaptation to global change and aid policy decisions, 12 nations of the American continent established the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) in 1992. The 12 governments, in the Declaration of Montevideo, called for the Institute to develop the best possible international coordination of scientific and economic research on the extent, causes, and consequences of global change in the Americas. Sixteen governments signed the resulting Agreement Establishing the IAI which laid the foundation for the IAI’s function as a regional intergovernmental organization that promotes interdisciplinary scientific research and capacity building to inform decision-makers on the continent and beyond. Since the establishment of the Agreement in 1992, three additional nations have acceded the treaty, and the IAI has now 19 Parties in the Americas, which come together once every year in the Conference of the Parties to monitor and direct the IAI’s activities.
IAI Mission, vision and core values
Mission: The IAI shall pursue the principles of scientific excellence and integrity, international cooperation, science outreach and capacity building, and the full and open exchange of scientific information relevant to global change to reach the vision of a sustainable Americas.
Core values: The IAI pursues the principles of scientific excellence, international cooperation and full and open exchange of scientific information relevant to global environmental change.
Vision: Enabling a well-informed, inclusive and sustainable Americas, which collaboratively meets the challenges posed by global change by supporting flexible science-based policies and actions.
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The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) has been a Member of the International Science Council since 2023.
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