ICSD was founded in NYC, circa 1999, as "The International Council" under the aegis of the New York Software Industry Association, the leading high-tech trade association that was co-founded by David Rockefeller’s NYC Partnership and supported by New York State’s Empire State Development Corp., NYC Economic Development Corp., and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
"The International Council" worked inclusively towards equitable business innovation growth for businesses of all types, with international economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, trade associations, and stakeholders in related industry sectors. All foreign government delegations were welcomed in the spirit of cooperation. Multiple trade missions were produced, resulting in new bilateral opportunities and public-private partnerships serving constituents' interests for both short- and long-term.
Today, ICSD maintains this legacy, advocating for business and other stakeholders of our shared planet for high-impact solutions within the UN Sustainable Development Goals framework.
ICSD directs and produces high-level convenings from global summits to trade missions to executive roundtables, provides strategy and advisory, digital content, physical product R&D, and other management consulting development services to advocate for allied stakeholders' interests within the United Nations SDG framework..
ICSD is headquartered in Washington DC and works with thought-leaders and sustainable development organizations from around the globe to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in concert for the best interests of our planet and all that live on it.
Virtual, hybrid, and live. ICSD meetings gather best practices and case studies shared by leaders from industry, academia, community organizations, and governments, using the UN SDGs as the solution framework. By leveraging expertise and access to robust data, innovative thought-leadership can be more efficiently facilitated on the most entrenched challenges faced by people and planet globally,
Embassy-hosted, invite-only events supporting international friendship
events recognizing investments, accomplishments, and breakthrough thought-leadership
executive committee meetings producing working papers, white papers
public-private partnership business matchmaking trips overseas facilitating market access
wellness and experiential ecotourism retreats domestically and internationally to redefine tourism away from traditional consumptive patterns
networking in business casual settings for brainstorming amongst like-minded allies
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Since the early 1990s, The International Council worked with dozens of foreign government economic development agencies and delegations, in multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnership fostering growth and expansion of sustainable and equitable multi-lateral trade opportunities for diverse constituencies globally.
Today, ICSD continues this legacy as governmental economic development agencies, ministries of trade and development evolve to meet the changing needs of our planet.
As a Partnership Practitioner of the UN SDG Goal #17 (Partnerships for the Goals), ICSD works collaboratively with both corporate enterprises, as well as Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organizations, to facilitate sustainable development.
Our Collaboration Partner, van der Becq, has worked with dozens of foreign government economic development delegations, corporate executives, government agency officials, and stakeholders, together in partnership for fostering growth and expansion of sustainable and equitable multi-lateral trade opportunities for diverse constituencies globally.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals include 17 goals and 169 targets. These are the result of years of intensive public consultation and engagement with civil society and other stakeholders around the world.