Uniting the world behind science: Transform21

The ISC is working together with the incoming UK Presidency of COP26 to curate material related to the conference

The COVID-19 threat has shown that governments can act swiftly and resolutely in a crisis, and that people are ready to change their behaviour for the good of humanity. It's time to raise ambitions for transformation.

As countries worldwide prepare for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 is a pivotal moment to transform to more sustainable, more resilient societies and economies, informed by the latest scientific knowledge.

Throughout this decisive year for climate and biodiversity policy, the International Science Council (ISC), along with its partners, will curate the latest content from its vast network of scientists and change-makers to create a portal for content relevant to policy-makers who will meet in Glasgow, UK, for COP26 and Kunming, China, for COP15.

The portal Transform21 (online at provides:

  1. A repository of reports, policy briefs and other knowledge products from ISC members and its affiliated expert scientific bodies and funded research programmes. These publications should have immediate relevance for the upcoming COP26 and COP15 meetings, either because they relate to one or more of the conference themes, or to the science-policy progress in general.
  2. Expert blogs and commentaries from individual scientists and thought-leaders to synthesise knowledge and stimulate debate. These may include explainers and other content related to official documentation being released in conjunction with the COP26 and COP15, as well as content related to reports of the IPCC and IPBES.

The portal aims to provide a single hub for content that should interest policy-makers, particularly at the Member State level, as well as the ISC’s broader audience of the international science community and interested members of civil society.

Further information about the portal can be found on the ISC website.

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