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MOST Newsletter No. 9 - October 1998

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Third Intergovernmental Council Meeting
of the MOST Programme

The Third Session of the Intergovernmental Council of the MOST Programme met in Paris from 16 to 20 June 1997. It elected by consensus the following officers:
President: Mr Ken Wiltshire (Australia);
Vice-Presidents: Mr Edi Joseph Akomian (Ivory Coast), Mr Zainul Ariff (Malaysia); Mr Donald Robotham (Jamaica), Mr Salah Jemily (Morocco), Mrs Lieteke van Vucht Tijssen (Netherlands), Mr Marek Ziolkowski (Poland); Rapporteur: Mrs Virginia Miralao (Philippines).

In his opening address, the Director-General reviewed the history of the MOST Programme, highligthing the fact that it is the first international scientific programme within UNESCO to foster co-operation between Member States governments and their social science communities, with the objective of helping to address today´s social challenges.

The IGC continued to stress the importance of social science research for policy-making and to advocate research-based policy advice. It emphasized that research results and project activity outcomes help to further understanding of the links between research and policy. The Netherlands offerred to host an International Symposium in 1999 on the relationship between social science research and social policy. The plenary session panel (30 July 1997) organized by the MOST Secretariat during the 1998 World Congress of Sociology (Montreal) will serve as partial background for the Symposium.

The Council requested that the programme develop a viable strategy for increasing its capacity to attract extrabudgetary funds. It also reaffirmed the vital role of national support through National Liaison Committees, the UNESCO National Commissions, National Social Science Research Councils and Ministries dealing with research and social policies.

The Council reaffirmed their commitment to the mid-term evaluation of the MOST Programme (completion date 30 December 1998) which should measure the progress made over the last four years. It affirmed that the Programme must increase its training and capacity-building activities, particularly for developing countries, and its pro-active approach in translating research results into concrete field activities. NA

Members of the Intergovernmental Council of MOST

Algeria, Germany, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Russian Federation, France, Ghana, Guinea, India, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, Pakistan, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Angola, Germany, Australia, Austria, Benin, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d´Ivoire, France, Hungary, India, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Jamaica, Japan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Morocco, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Togo, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Angola, Australia, Austria, Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Cap-Vert, Chile, China, Columbia, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Iraq, Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sri Lanka, Togo, Zambia.

    Yoginder Alagh (India)
    Maurice AYMARD (France)
    Arie de Ruijter (The Netherlands)
    Saad Eddin Ibrahim (Egypt)
    Richard Jolly (U.S.)
    Lenelis Kruse (Germany)
    Achille Mbembe (Senegal)
    Alejandra Moreno Toscano (Mexico)
    Anatoly G. Vishnevsky (Federation of Russia)
    Ken Wiltshire (Australia)

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