International Biosciences Networks (IBN)

Réseau international pour la bioscience

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1979 Paris France


1979, Paris (France), as a cooperative project of UNESCO and H-XA1752 - International Council for Science (ICSU). As of Apr 1994, Accra (Ghana), merged with U-XE0321 - Committee on Science and Technology in Developing Countries (COSTED) to form U-XE1773 - COSTED-IBN.


Develop human resources, by training more biologists for the countries of the Third World and helping to build up their scientific infrastructure so that they are better able to undertake their own research not only on agriculture, food production, medicine and biotechnology, but also on the underlying basic scientific disciplines. enable biologists everywhere to contribute to rapid application of recent biological advances for the benefit of mankind.


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International Steering Committee, comprising 4 members appointed jointly by ICSU and UNESCO and 4 representatives of regional IBN networks, meets annually in association with scientific meeting of one of four regional networks: U-XF2800 - African Biosciences Network (ABN); U-XF2830 - Arab Biosciences Network (AraBN); U-XF2810 - Asian Network for Biological Sciences (ANBS); F-XF2820 - Latin American Network of Biological Sciences. Regional Coordinating (Executive) Committees (one for each region), comprising scientists and government representatives of participating countries together with ICSU and UNESCO appointed representatives; sub-regional committees as necessary.

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GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



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