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 2021-2023

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

Central/Eastern Europe: Croatia, Russian Federation, Slovakia

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

Asia and the Pacific: Bangladesh, Mongolia, Thailand, Afghanistan, India, Philippines

Africa: Botswana, Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda, South Africa, Guinea

Arab States: Oman, Mauritania, Qatar, Algeria

 

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

 

Bureau

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 2021-2023, the MOST IGC Bureau is composed as follows:

President

  • Dr Mary Khimulu (Kenya)

Vice-Presidents

  • Dr Iris Goldner Lang (Croatia)
  • Dr Dendev Badarch (Mongolia)
  • Mrs Reem AlaJmi (Qatar)
  • Cuba (Representative to be designated)

Rapporteur

  • Mr Stein van Oosteren (The Netherlands)

 

Sessions