Annual Meeting 2012: mid-term evaluation
The European ICSU Members met in Helsinki on 2-3 October 2012, hosted by the Council of Finnish Academies.
A key agenda items was the mid-term evaluation of their activities. The development of new structures and practices, such as engaging in the Rio+20 consultation process and developing the website, were considered as the main accomplishments of the first half of the ongoing term.
ICSU's Future Earth initiative was considered as a key theme for the second half of the work plan for 2013-14. The ICSU Global Secretariat offered the European ICSU Members the possibility to arrange a regional workshop on Future Earth, similar to the Rio+20 workshop in October 2011. The French Académie des sciences voiced its interest in hosting the workshop.
Another important decision was the call for a host organisation for the Secretariat from 2015 to 2017. Offers will be evaluated at the next Management Group meeting in April 2013. The goal is to transfer all the know-how and experience from the current secretariat to the new organisation during 2014.
The meeting was attended by participants from 15 member countries. ICSU Deputy Executive Director Carthage Smith participated at the meeting to provide an update on ICSU activities.
The next Annual Meeting will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, in October 2013.