ICSU’s mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society. To do this, ICSU mobilizes the knowledge and resources of the international science community to:
Identify and address major issues of importance to science and society.
Facilitate interaction amongst scientists across all disciplines and from all countries.
Promote the participation of all scientists—regardless of race, citizenship, language, political stance, or gender—in the international scientific endeavour.
Provide independent, authoritative advice to stimulate constructive dialogue between the scientific community and governments, civil society, and the private sector.
ICSU activities are organized into three major areas:
coordinating and planning international research (and especially that of an interdisciplinary character);
ensuring that science is integrated into policy development and governance at the international and national levels, that take account of both scientific knowledge and the needs of science;
the pursuit of universality in science taken in its broadest sense to encompass freedom, responsibility, equitable access to scientific data and information, and the relationship between science and society.