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Ecosystem Change and Human Wellbeing

Ecosystem Change and Human Wellbeing

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Ecosystem Change and Human Well-being 
Research and Monitoring Priorities Based on the Findings of the MillenniumEcosystem Assessment 
ICSU - International Council for Science
Founded in 1931, the International Council for Science (ICSU) is a non-governmental organizationrepresenting a global membership that includes both national scientific bodies (116 National Membersrepresenting 136 countries) and International Scientific Unions (30 Members). The ICSU ‘family’ also includesmore than 20 Interdisciplinary Bodies - international scientific networks established to address specific areas of investigation. Through this international network, ICSU coordinates interdisciplinary research to address majorissues of relevance to both science and society. In addition, the Council actively advocates for freedom in theconduct of science, promotes equitable access to scientific data and information, and facilitates scienceeducation and capacity building. [www.icsu.org]
UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November1945 with the aim to build peace through education, science and culture and communications. Today, UNESCOfunctions as a laboratory of ideas and a standard setter to forge universal agreements on emerging ethical issues.The Organization also serves as a clearinghouse for the dissemination and sharing of information and knowledge,while helping Member States to build their human and institutional capacities in diverse fields. As of October2007, UNESCO counted 193 Member States and six Associate Members.Through its programmes and activities, UNESCO is actively pursuing the Millennium Development Goals,especially those aiming to: halve the proportion of people living in extreme poverty in developing countries by2015; achieve universal primary education in all countries by 2015; eliminate gender disparity in primary andsecondary education by 2015; help countries implement a national strategy for sustainable development by 2015to reverse current trends in the loss of environmental resources by 2015. [www.unesco.org]
UNU - United Nations University
The United Nations University (UNU) was established by the General Assembly on 6 December 1973 to be aninternational community of scholars engaged in research, advanced training, and the dissemination of knowledgerelated to the pressing global problems of human survival, development, and welfare. The UNU started activitiesin 1975 at its headquarters in Tokyo. Its activities focus mainly on peace and conflict resolution, development ina changing world, and science and technology in relation to human welfare. The University operates through aworldwide network of research and postgraduate training centres, with its planning and coordinating headquarters in Tokyo. [www.unu.edu/history]Suggested citation: ICSU-UNESCO-UNU (2008). Ecosystem Change and Human Well-being: Research andMonitoring Priorities Based on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Paris, International Council for Science.ISBN 978-0-930357-67-2© ICSU 2008
Ecosystem Change andHuman Well-being 
Research and Monitoring PrioritiesBased on the Findings of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 
Report from anICSU-UNESCO-UNU Ad hoc Group

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