STATEMENT OF THE 38th GOVERNING BOARD
OF THE INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Moscow, Russian Federation
28 October 2005
The Governing Board of the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) held its 38th meeting in Moscow, Russian Federation. Representatives from 12 ISTC Parties attended with Canada, the European Union, Japan, Russian Federation, United States of America, and the Republic of Armenia represented on the Governing Board. Armenia participated as rotating CIS Board member.
The ISTC approved 39 new projects representing over $5.5 million and Euro 4.3 million in new funding for activities in Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakstan, and Kyrgyz Republic. These projects highlight important areas of science and technology research and development: gravity field, new semiconductors, air pollution control, x-ray optics, biosensors for medical purposes, etc.
The Governing Board announced that 14 Partner projects totaling nearly $5.6 million have been approved since the previous meeting. ISTC Partners are private sector, intergovernmental, governmental, and non-governmental organizations that provide funds to engage CIS scientists in peaceful research projects. Total ISTC project funding in all categories now surpasses US $693 million for more than 2240 projects.
The Governing Board approved the FY 2006 Administrative Operating Budget and Supplemental Budget Progams.
The Governing Board reconfirmed the importance of nonproliferation projects in Russia’s closed nuclear cities under the provisions of the ISTC Agreement, focused on WMD specialists transition to sustainable, civilian employment. In terms of practical implementation, the Governing Board entrusted the Secretariat to work closely with the Russian Party to prepare concrete activity proposals.
The Governing Board also approved the Programmatic Approach policy, which would support the ISTC Parties’ efforts to assist in achieving sustainability (e.g. through “Targeted Initiatives” with innovation potential).
The Governing Board agreed to convene its next Plenary Session meeting in Moscow on 30 March 2006.
List of projects approved for funding by ISTC Governing Board at the 38th Funding Session.