Previous Sessions of the International Scientific Committee

Composed of twenty members appointed by the Director General of UNESCO, the International Scientific Committee is responsible for ensuring an objective approach and, if possible, consensus to issues of The Slave Route and to advise UNESCO on guidelines for the project.

  • Ouidah, Benin (6-8 September 1994):
    launching of the project by the Director General of UNESCO, President Nicéphore Soglo of Benin and members of the International Scientific Committee. (Read the Report)
  • Matanzas, Cuba (4-6 December 1995):
    definition of priority activities. (Read the Report)
  • Cabinda, Angola, (6-8 November 1996):
    establishment of networks and research institutions responsible for project implementation. (Read the Report)
  • Lisbon, Portugal (11-12 December 1998):
    review of the implementation of the project and, in particular, the nature of networks and the question of ideological and legal foundations of slavery and the slave trade. (Read the Report in French only)
  • Palermo, Italy (21-23 September 2000):
    study of slavery in the Mediterranean. (Read the Report)
  • Paris, France (22-24 February 2006):
    review the findings of the external evaluation of the project, the new strategy in the second phase of the project and defining the role and contribution of new international scientific committee. (Read the Report)
  • Paris, France (17-18 February 2009):
    renewal of the committee, extension of the geographical area of project implementation and definition of new research themes. (Read the Report)

The International Scientific Committee works closely with the Secretariat of the UNESCO project.

  • 24-02-2006
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