IIASA-ISC Consultative Science Platform

Bouncing Forward Sustainably: Pathways to a post-COVID World

Starting in May 2020, a partnership between the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the International Science Council (ISC) has drawn on the combined strengths and expertise of the two organizations to define and design sustainability pathways that will enable building forward a more sustainable post-COVID-19 world. The platform issued recommendations centered around four selected themes along with a synthesis report.

IIASA and the ISC engaged a unique set of transdisciplinary global thought leaders on each topic to highlight their expertise on the design of sustainable pathways and to ultimately inform policy choices during the COVID-19 recovery period.

The platform has been informed and supported by an advisory board under the patronage of the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Ban Ki-moon.

“The only way to overcome the crisis we are currently experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is by working together beyond borders in a spirit of solidarity, collaboration, and coordination. I am honored to be a patron of this platform as we collectively strive to provide science-based insights to policymakers and expand essential understanding, cooperation, and tolerance on the road to a more sustainable world for all global citizens – leaving no one behind.”

H.E. Ban Ki-moon

former Secretary-General of the United Nations; Patron to the IIASA-ISC Consultative Science Platform

Advisory board members

Junaid Kamal Ahmad

Country Director for the World Bank in India

Peter Bakker

President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Ban Ki-moon

former Secretary General, United Nations; Patron to the IIASA-ISC Consultative Science Platform

Preety Bhandari

World Resource Institute

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Peter Gluckman

President of the International Science Council; Director of Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Heide Hackmann

Interim Director of the Future Africa, University of Pretoria – UP (01 March 2022-31 August 2022)

 Advisor to the Executive on Transdisciplinarity and Global Knowledge Networks based at UP’s Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship (from 01 September 2022)

Andrea Hinwood

Chief Scientist, United Nations Environment Programme

Naoko Ishii

Professor in University of Tokyo and Director for Global Commons

Carlos Nobre

Senior Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Sao Paolo; Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and former member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General

Daya Reddy

Professor Emeritus in applied mathematics at the University of Cape Town, former President of the International Science Council.

Mary Robinson

Chair of The Elders; Patron of the International Science Council, Patron of the Institute of Human Rights and Business; former President of Ireland; former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Achim Steiner

Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

Albert van Jaarsveld

Director General of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis


Chair: Adebayo Olukoshi


Chair: Lidia Brito


Chair: Ismail Serageldin

Chair: Hans Olav Ibrekk