ICSU (though it has retained its acronym) is now the International Council for Science (formerly International Council of Scientific Unions). The emphasis is to reach society outside its natural community of scientists and researchers, and also to become more of a 'player' in the 'new global system of international cooperation among governmental, regional and international bodies'. As a result, interaction between Scientific Unions, which was an important aspect of ICSU in the past, has been de-emphasised.

P. Coppens, IUCr Representative

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