"to promote the sciences and strengthen their influence in society"
The academy serves as an international scientific forum. A reference group for international issues supports the secretariat in managing international activities.
Sweden is represented by the Academy in a number of international organizations. The International Council for Science (ICSU) combines many non-governmental scientific associations. ICSU’s numerous global research programmes include The International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP) with its international secretariat at the Academy. The Academy has also established 18 national committees that are responsible for contacts with the scientific unions within ICSU.
The Academy participates actively in other organizations and associations, of which many of the world’s academies, research councils and similar bodies are members. At meetings and through other continuous contacts, strategies for global issues such as sustainable environmental development, energy-saving and consumption and distribution are deliberated. Globally important ethical problems and great-risk issues are discussed and active plans are developed.