International Social Science Council (ISSC) was started in 1952 under the umbrella of the United Nations. Its headquarter is in Paris, France. It is an international body headed by Alberto Martinelli. It was started by a resolution of the UNESCO general meeting and registered under the French law.

The core mandate of the association is to promote and develop social sciences worldwide.

ISSC core mandate is to promote and develop social sciences worldwide. This encompasses numerous human behaviors, relations, activities and their effects on their environment. It strives to collect, analyze and compare data on human behavior to come up with evidence based policy making decisions.

ISSC has spread its influence to countries with poor social capacity and devised ways of improving their status. The world has become a global village, therefore, a solution in one part of the world imparts positively to the greater world.
This fact has led to the organizations worldwide approach to solve the global crisis. The organization works with funders, policy makers, database collectors, researchers and renowned scientific organizations to conduct education and transmit knowledge.


Climate change, an environmental ill that is changing weather patterns, is a real concern to policy makers. The floods, droughts and desertification are issues that call for concerted efforts to be halted. Seminars and conferences are continuously conducted worldwide to come up with solutions for halting this phenomenon.

ISSC organizes networks of young social scientist to observe behaviors and report them to a central location where they are analyzed and definitive action taken. In addition, ISSC awards two scientific prizes to scientists who have excelled in interdisciplinary research. These are the Rokkan and Foundation Mattei Dogan prizes.

To make the world a habitable place with lasting peace is the ultimate goal of ISSC. A concerted effort with all stakeholders is sustained to achieve this aim. By discovering the human understanding of issues affecting the society, the organization can step in and offer sound solutions.