Friday, November 02, 2007


The International Basic Sciences Program (IBSP) is an international multidisciplinary program established by UNESCO Member States in order to reinforce intergovernmental cooperation and co-operation between partner organizations in science to strengthen national capacities in the basic sciences and science education. The Program seeks to foster major region-specific actions that involve a network of national, regional and international centers of excellence or benchmark centers in the basic sciences. Promoting North-South and South-South co-operation is at the root of the strategy of the Program that is being carried in partnership with the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), scientific unions of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and other science centers, Inter-Governmental Organizations (IGOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

As the first phase of the IBSP is being completed in 2007 and its strategy fulfilled, a report has been produced assessing progress to date and introducing the principal elements of a new strategy proposed for the next phase of the program (for 2008-2013). The major elements of the new strategy highlight the promotion of regional and international cooperation in capacity-building in the basic sciences and science education, and seek considerable reinforcement of the concentration of the IBSP by focusing IBSP activities on a limited number of major priority actions (MPAs) and the development of a continuous interface with Member States.

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