ICSU is a nongovernmental organization whose mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society. In pursuit of this mission, ICSU plans and coordinates international research programmes, notably in the area of global environmental change. The ICSU Head Office, located in Paris, France, hosts a small international team of ~18 people. Three smaller Regional Offices are located in South Africa (Pretoria), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) and Mexico (Mexico City).
The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) has recently awarded a substantial ‘pilot’ grant to ICSU to support the closer integration of its global and regional plans and to implement activities at the regional level. The focus of this grant is sustainability research, including energy, natural hazards and environmental change and the initial support is for workshops and networking actions that will inform the development of substantive future research programmes.