UNESCO World Network of Microbiological Resources Centres MIRCEN

UNESCO Réseau mondial de centres de ressources microbiennes

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1975, France, within the framework of a joint project (1975-1985) of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Cell Research Organization (ICRO). Originally referred to as World Network of Microbial Resources Centres (MIRCEN).


Provide infrastructure for an expanding network incorporating regional and interregional cooperating laboratories and institutions geared to the management, distribution and utilization of the microbial gene pool; reinforce efforts relating to conservation of microorganisms, with emphasis on Rhizobium gene pools in developing countries with an agrarian base; foster development of new inexpensive technology native to the region concerned; promote applications of microbiology and biotechnology so as to strengthen rural and urban economies; serve as focal centres for manpower training and diffusion of microbial and biotechnological knowledge.

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The global programme embodies activities carried out within the framework of UNESCO's regular and extra-budgetary programme, in cooperation with the international scientific community, and as a follow-up to earlier cornerstone activities. Each Centre carries out specific research tasks and also acts as a trigger for transdisciplinary efforts aimed at problems in developing countries. Modalities involve UNESCO MIRCEN fellowships and professorships. Current networks: Ecotechnology Network; Integrated Bio-Systems Network; Lactic Acid Bacteria Network.


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Relations with 2 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 3 non-governmental organizations.
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  • Resources
    • Resources
  • Biosciences
    • Microbiology
  • Culture
    • UNESCO Bodies

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GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy



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