To facilitate development. To raise the level and skills of member organizations. To pinpoint research fields where international or regional co-operation and possible outside assistance may be necessary. To foster and encourage co-ordination of activities and co-
operation among member institutes and organizations. To encourage and facilitate transfers of research findings and technical know-how among its members. To promote the pooling of experience among research leaders so as to increase the general efficiency of their action.
Priority issues: Technology; economics; environment.
Organization of world biennial conferences on topics of interests common to the members.
Organization of technical thematic workshops and training courses for researchers of developing countries.
Establishment of a central office for the exchange of information on the programmes of work, the competence of the researchers and the results of research.
Organization of various meetings and establishment of programmes for the exchange of researchers.