It was decided at the 24th General Assembly of ICSU in 1993 to merge the ICSU Committee on Science and Technology in Developing Countries (COSTED) and the International Biosciences Network (IBN). The President of the newly formed body is Professor G. K. Menon. The first joint Meeting was held in Ghana in April 1994 where it was decided that COSTED-IBN, which will be cosponsored by UNESCO, would, in the future, work along the lines of the IBN, by allowing the regional networks to set their own priorities and their own modalities for action. These regional offices will be located in Accra and Dakar for Africa, Amman for the Arab Region, Madras for Asia and Santiago de Chile for Latin America. The Central Secretariat is located in Madras (India), where a new building is being funded by the government of India.
Modest support may be made available by COSTED-IBN for one or two participants from developing countries at Meetings such as those organized by the IUCr, depending on the priorities of the regional offices, which should be directly contacted by the organizers of these Meetings.
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