ICSU is a non-governmental organization, founded in 1931 to bring together natural scientists in international scientific endeavour. It comprises 98 multi-disciplinary national scientific members (scientific research councils or science academies) and 26 international, single-discipline scientific unions to provide a wide spectrum of scientific expertise enabling members to address major international, interdisciplinary issues which none could handle alone. ICSU also has 28 scientific associates.
The Council seeks to break the barriers of specialization by initiating and coordinating major international interdisciplinary programmes and by creating interdisciplinary bodies which undertake activities and research programmes of interest to several members.
This report by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) is the first such an assessment of the 169 targets beneath the 17 draft goals carried out by the scientific community. It finds that quite a number still suffer from lack of integration, some repetition and rely too much on vague language rather than measurable targets. Therefore the authors argue that an ‘end-goal’ to provide a big picture vision for the SDGs is needed.