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Natural and social sciences: ICSU embraces the need to work more closely together
Date:10/23/2008

This release is available in French.

Maputo, Mozambiquenatural and social sciences must work together to help solve some of the most pressing issues facing society. Thats the message in a report delivered today to the global scientific community at the 29th General Assembly of the International Council for Science (ICSU) in Maputo, Mozambique.

Global change, environment and natural resources management, sustainable development, poverty reduction, and environment and human health, are some of the major scientific research challenges currently being tackled by ICSU. But these issues cannot be solved without understanding the impact of people on these issues and the impact of these issues on peoplethat is, social science, said Anne Whyte, a member of ICSUs Committee on Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR) and a former Director General for Environment and Natural Resources of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada.

The report, Enhancing Involvement of Social Sciences in ICSU, identifies social sciences as being essential for the implementation of the ICSU Strategic Plan 2006-2011. Recommendations in the report include: that ICSU continue to encourage the participation of social sciences on its committees, task forces and collaborative research initiatives; stimulate more social sciences unions to join ICSU; and to work with the International Social Sciences Council (ISSC) as a key partner in strengthening international social science of relevance for implementing ICSUs Strategic Plan.

Whyte said, ICSUs mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society. To do this, the natural and social sciences must be fully involved; working together to provide knowledge to solve global challenges.

Heide Hackmann, Secretary-General of the International Social Sciences Council (ISSC) agreed, High quality so
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