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Partnerships and sponsorships

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Beyond its membership, including its Affiliated Bodies, the ISC cultivates relationships with key actors in the global science and policy ecosystem, including at regional and global level, to advance its vision and mission.  

The ISC and the United Nations

The ISC has established memoranda of understanding with several elements and bodies of the United Nations, with a view to strengthening the use of scientific evidence in policy and public action on the most pressing issues facing societies today: 

In addition, the Council collaborates actively with: 

  • Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Co-sponsors of 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. 


Significant financial resources are raised in the form of grants from governments and other organizations, including some of our UN or other collaborating partners, for specific projects or areas of activity.

Other collaborating partners 

The ISC collaborates with several international science organizations including: 

Partner with us

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

ISC Due Diligence Policy  

The ISC strives to ensure that it engages and does business only with organizations and bodies that share ISC values and respect the highest standards of social, environmental and corporate responsibility. The ISC will only enter into sponsorship or partnership arrangements with such organizations following an assessment of the potential benefits and risks of engagement to the ISC, its vision and mission, and society at large. Learn more about the ISC Due Diligence Policy.  

ISC Sponsorship and Endorsement Policy

The ISC may sponsor or endorse activities initiated by its Members or other organizations that fit with its overall vision and mission, strategic direction and objectives. The ISC Sponsorship and Endorsement Policy sets out the conditions and modalities of such support. Learn more and submit your request by completing an online form on the ISC Sponsorship and Endorsement page.  

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