Building peace in the minds of men and women

MOST Intergovernmental Council (IGC)

The MOST Intergovernmental Council is composed of 35 Member States of UNESCO, elected by UNESCO's 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.

During the Sixth session of the IGC, held at UNESCO Headquarters (Paris) from 19 to 21 February 2003, it was recommended that:

  1. IGC be given a greater role in governance, approval of strategies and programmes and the facilitation of relations with national research centers and policymakers.
  2. The role of the IGC Bureau should be considerably strengthened and it should meet twice a year.


Member States of the IGC 2019-2021

Western Europe and North America: France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland

Central/Eastern Europe: Croatia, Czech Republic, Russian Federation, Slovakia

Latin America and the Caribbean: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Venezuela (Bolivar Republic of)

Asia and the Pacific: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka

Africa: Benin, Botswana, Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Arab States: Oman, Mauritania, Qatar and Saudia Arabia


Member States of the IGC 2017-2019

Western Europe and North America: France, Turkey

Central/Eastern Europe: Czech Republic, Russian Federation, Slovakia

Latin America and the Caribbean: Argentina, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador

Asia and the Pacific: Afghanistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand

Africa: Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Togo, Zimbabwe, United Republic of Tanzania

Arab States: Bahrein, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia



The IGC Bureau consists of the President of the IGC, 4 Vice-Presidents and a Rapporteur. 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.

For the current period 2019-2021, the MOST IGC Bureau is composed as follows:


  • Prof. Erwan Dianteill, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Université Paris Descartes (France)


  • Prof. Ilya ILYIN Dean, Faculty of Global Processes, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russian Federation)
  • Mr Dendev Badarch, Social policy adviser to the Chairman of State Great Khural /Parliament/ of Mongolia (Mongolia)
  • Dr Mary M. Khimulu, former Ambassador of Kenya to UNESCO, private consultant on good governance (Kenya)
  • H. H. Princess Haifa Al Mogrin, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO (Saudi Arabia)


  • Mr Pablo N. Modina Jiménez, Minister Counsellor, Deputy Permanent Delegate, Permanent Delegation of the Dominican Republic to UNESCO (Dominican Republic)