The creation of the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the Auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC) is a follow up of the Doha Plan of Action which has been adopted by the Head of States and Government of the Group of 77 and China, during the meeting in Doha, Qatar, from 12 to 16 June 2005 on the occasion of the Second South Summit of the Group of 77.
The Summit urged UNESCO to develop and implement a programme for South-South cooperation in science and technology with the objective of facilitating the integration of a developmental approach into national science and technology and innovation policies, capacity building in science and technology through providing policy advice and exchange of experience and best practices, and creating a problem solving network of centres of excellence in developing countries as well as supporting the exchange of students, researchers, scientists and technologists among developing countries.
ISTIC acts as an international platform for South-South cooperation in science, technology and innovation and make use of the network of the G77 plus China and the Organization of the Islamic Conference. The overall goal of the Centre is to increase in the capacity for management of science, technology and innovation throughout developing countries by:
1. Providing scientists, managers of research centres/ institutions and policy makers with short and medium-term training in specified areas.
2. Postering cooperation among governments, academia and industry in order to facilitate transfer of knowledge between the public and private sectors, and the development of well-planned and relevant knowledge-based programmes and institutions in participating countries;
3. Scanning and making available knowledge about the potential of new technologies to address specific problems faced by developing countries;
4. Developing networks and collaborative R&D and training programmes at regional and international levels including linking of designated nodal centres in participating countries;
5. Creating a problem-solving network of centres of excellence in developing countries;
6. Supporting the exchange of researchers, scientists and technologists among developing countries; and
7. Facilitating the exchange and dissemination of information.
Fiji has benefitted tremendously from ISTIC and has been possible through cost-sharing in which ISTIC pays for the cost of accommodation and local hospitality and the participants’ organisation pays for their return airfare.
For detail information visit : www.istic-unesco.org