An overall review of UNESCO’s Major Program II -Natural sciences- and Major Program III -Social and Human Sciences- has been initiated. The review is to take place against the background of the Organization’s mandate, country and regional priorities and today’s global needs. The results of the review are to contribute to program planning and to form an integral part of the preparation of the Draft Medium-Term Strategy for 2008-2013 and the Draft Program and Budget for 2008-2009.
A Review Committee has been formed with two members from the United States:
* Dr. Kathie L. Olsen, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, National Science Foundation, and
* Dr. Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director, Science Technology & Innovation, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University.
The Review Committee held its first meeting at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on March 13 to 15, 2006.