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1994-10-04 Islamabad Pakistan


4-5 Oct 1994, Islamabad (Pakistan), following proposal of U-XF1238 - Consortium on Science, Technology and Innovation for the South (COSTIS), 1989, and in collaboration with B-XE3386 - UNIDO and F-XF0440 - TWAS. Full title: International Network of Science and Technology Centres of Excellence for Sustainable Development in the South. Previously also referred to as Network of International Centres for Sustainable Development in the South. Political and financial backing from E-XE2153 - Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), set up at the same time and comprising Heads of State and Government of 21 countries.


Assist countries of the South to build and sustain a critical mass of world-class scientists and technologists in areas of frontier science and technology and environmental sciences which are of critical importance to sustainable socio-economic development; attract talent, reduce brain-drain and induce competent Third World scientists and technologists working abroad to return to their countries; facilitate technology transfer and supply to industry; assist in finding scientific solutions to complex developmental and environmental problems in the South; provide avenues for international cooperation in areas of science and technology of global concern, including environmentally sustainable development; provide a suitable framework for science and technology assessment and management in the South; promote joint technological ventures among members and develop strong links between them and production sectors in the South.


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Coordinating Council (meets at least annually), headed by Chairperson and comprising heads of member centres or their representatives. Consultative Committee, consisting of national scientific 'focal points' of member countries, Chairman ex-officio Focal Point of host country, Secretary is COMSATS Executive Director. Technical Advisory Committee, of up to 10 members. Secretariat in Islamabad (Pakistan).


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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