It was decided at the 24th General Assembly of ICSU in 1993 to merge the ICSU Committee on Science and Technology in Developing Countries (COSTED) and the International Biosciences Network (IBN). New officers have been appointed by the ICSU Executive Board as of 1 January 1996: Chairman: R. Nichols (USA); Vice-Chairman: A.-M. Cetto (Mexico); Scientific Secretary: G. T. Thyagarajan (India).
A regional Secretariat for COSTED-IBN has been established in South Africa with the following aims: capacity building in research in basic and applied science; a concerted drive to encourage all countries of Southern and East Africa to join ICSU and COSTED-IBN; development of a framework for science and technology indicators for African countries; launching of the new Academy of Sciences of South Africa.
The question of including the countries of Central and Eastern Europe in the activities of COSTED-IBN was raised and it was agreed that this should be pursued as a matter of urgency.
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