The ISC works at the intersection of science and policy, and maintains collaborations with a number of UN agencies, global scientific networks and other research organizations.


The ISC and the United Nations

The ISC currently has Memoranda of Understanding with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the United Nations University (UNU), and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN Habitat).

In addition, the Council has active collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Through these agreements, the ISC works to strengthen the use of scientific evidence in policy and public action on the most pressing issues facing societies today.

Funding partners

The Council has managed two funding schemes: the LIRA 2030 programme and the Transformations to Sustainability programme. LIRA 2030 was implemented in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), and was supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The Transformations to Sustainability research programme is funded by thirteen NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe) and Belmont Forum partners, listed here, and the European Commission. The ISC, with the support of Sida, funds the participation of researchers from low- and lower-middle income countries.

Affiliated Bodies

The ISC co-sponsors a number of science initiatives or programmes, and lends its support to joint initiatives that have multiple sponsors and/or partners. As such, the Council has agreements with many different organizations which act as co-sponsors, partners or hosts for the initiatives concerned.


The ISC collaborates with the Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) to mobilize the networks of each organization to contribute to the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group at the United Nations.

Partner with the ISC

The Council invites networks and organizations from across the science-policy system, including intergovernmental organizations, funders, and scientific networks to work together to advance science as a global good.

If you are interested in partnering with the ISC, please write to

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