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1993, on merger of Committee on Science and Technology in Developing Countries (COSTED), set up Jan 1966, Bombay (India), as a committee of International Council for Science (ICSU), with International Biosciences Networks (IBN), formed 1979, Paris (France), as a cooperative project of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and ICSU. First meeting: Apr 1994, Accra (Ghana). Ceased to exist, 1 Jan 2003.


Link science and technology to sustainable development; act as an advisory group to ICSU and UNESCO on the range of their activities in science and technology for developing countries, their potential applications to social and economic development, and how these relate to other international development efforts.

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'Central COSTED-IBN': - Apart from coordinating the activities of the Regional Centres, the Central Secretariat undertakes inter-regional and international programmes of relevance to developing countries. In this, special emphasis is given to international programmes of ICSU and UNESCO on behalf of developing countries. Examples of this are science education, scientific capacity building, strengthening scientific research and higher education in emerging areas of science and technology, International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the role of basic and applied science in sustainable development, etc. Such programmes are carried out through workshops, seminars and training programmes, mobilizing cooperation and financial support of ICSU bodies and other international agencies, publication of proceedings of meetings and other scientific material, information dissemination.

'Regional Centres of COSTED-IBN': - Regional activities are designed to cater to the science and technology needs and priorities of the countries of the region and are formulated through the Regional Programme Advisory Boards. The scientific objectives are implemented through the following kinds of activities: Thematic seminars and workshops; Travel fellowship schemes; Training programmes for scientists and technicians; Preparation of inventories and directories; Publications and newsletter services; Regional networking in broad areas of science. The last item needs some special elaboration. In order to strengthen cooperation between the countries of the region, increase their capacity to address regional and global problems as in environment related topics, and to enhance the credibility to mobilize funds from donor agencies, the concept of networking of scientists, national scientific institutions, governmental agencies and existing regional scientific societies has been found to be very effective. All regional centres are directing special attention towards such initiatives.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 11 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 21 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 30 countries
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Subjects *

  • Technology
    • Technology
  • Science
    • Science
  • Development
    • Sustainable Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



Last News Received

14. Jan 2003
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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