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The National Academies serve as the adhering body to a number of scientific unions and commissions through a network of U.S. National Committees, which encompass a range of scientific disciplines. The National Academies also support U.S. participation and leadership in several other international scientific, engineering, and medical organizations, including:
InterAcademy Panel on International Issues (IAP)
The IAP is a global network of 100 science academies designed to help its members to develop the tools needed for science-based input to policy processes nationally, regionally, and globally. The National Academies have worked closely with the IAP to help young academies, particularly those in developing countries, to strengthen their role in providing independent advice to governments on issues of national and global concern. The program has led to the creation of regional networks of science academies in Africa, in the Americas, and among member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
InterAcademy Council (IAC)
The IAC was created by the IAP to mobilize the best scientists and engineers worldwide to provide high-quality advice to international bodies—such as the United Nations and the World Bank—and other institutions. Since its creation in 2000, the IAC has published four major reports on building capacities in S&T worldwide; African agriculture; women in science; and sustainable energy.
InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP)
The IAMP is an association of the world's medical academies and medical divisions of science academies that is committed to improving health around the world. Its work includes collaboration to strengthen the role of academies in alleviating the health burdens of the the world's poorest people, to build scientific capacity for health, and to provide independent scientific advice on promoting health science and health care policy to national governments and global organizations.
International Council for Science (ICSU)
ICSU is a nongovernmental organization representing 117 national scientific bodies and 30 international scientific unions and provides a wide spectrum of scientific expertise, enabling members to address major international, interdisciplinary issues. The Board on International Scientific Organizations of the National Academies serves as the U.S. National Committee for ICSU and nucleates U.S. representation before most of its member unions and committees.
The International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS)
CAETS is an independent nonpolitical, nongovernmental international organization of engineering and technological science academies. Some of its goals are to give advice on technical and policy issues, to promote sustainable economic growth and social welfare through engineering and technological activities, to encourage improvement of engineering education and practice internationally, and to foster establishment of engineering academies in countries where none exist.
The National Academies work cooperatively with many other international organizations including the following:
· International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies
· International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis
· The Academy of Sciences of the Developing World
· United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization