Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council

The IGC Bureau consists of the President of the IGC, 6 Vice-Presidents (one from each region) and a Rapporteur.

For the current period 2013-2015, the MOST IGC Bureau is composed as follows:

President: H.E. Mrs Alicia Kirchner, Minister of Social Development, Argentina.

Vice-Presidents:

  • Africa: Kenya - Mrs Mary M. Khimulu, former Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO;
  • Arab States: United Arab Emirates - Mr Jassim Mohd Al-Ali, Chief of Section, Solution of conflicts, Sector for International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • Asia and the Pacific: Malaysia - Dr Noorul, Secretary-General, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development;
  • Europe and North America: Norway - Mr Jan Monteverde Haakonsen, Special Advisor, Research Council of Norway, and Member of the National Commission for UNESCO;
  • Eastern Europe: Slovakia - Mr Lubomir Faltan, Senior Researcher, Institute for Sociology, Slovak Academy of Science;
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Ecuador.

Rapporteur: to be elected.


The MOST Intergovernmental Council (IGC) is composed of 35 Member States of UNESCO, elected by the General Conference. The Council convenes every two years and establishes the priority areas to be researched, decides on overall policy and funding questions, and handles the relations with governmental authorities.

The IGC Bureau, in cooperation with the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), discusses the issue-driven pertinence of projects and approves the competence and expertise of researchers and policy formulators involved.

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