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Extra-european co-operation

The international R&D co-operation was elaborated under different specific schemes. The Federal Science Policy operates as coordinator, participant or funding organization.

OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
The Federal Science Policy organizes the consultation with the representatives of the Regions and Communities to discuss and ensure Belgium's representation in the OECD activities, more precisely those of the DSTI (OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry). It implies the follow up of:
1. the CSTP (Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy)
2. all the related working parties, meetings and conferences on science and technology policy
Read more on the OESO-Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry website...

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
At UNESCO, the Federal Science Policy Office supports for several years the theme of 'Earth Sciences' in collaboration with the Royal Museum for Central Africa.
Satellites to the rescue of world heritage
An agreement signed on June 18, 2003 between UNESCO and the European Space Agency (ESA) will encourage the use of Earth observation satellites (= principle of remote sensing) to be used to monitor more than 730 cultural and natural World Heritage sites, including national parks in Africa that are home to endangered mountain gorillas.
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International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP)
The goal of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) is to ensure the conservation of mountain gorillas and their regional afromontane forest habitat in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Read more on the IGCP website...
Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP)
is an innovative and ambitious project of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with an immediate challenge - to lift the threat of imminent extinction faced by gorillas (Gorilla beringei, G. gorilla), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), bonobos (Pan paniscus) and orangutans (Pongo abelii, P. pygmaeus) across their ranges in equatorial Africa and south-east Asia.
Read more on the GRASP website...
In February 2013 the Federal Scientific Institutions covered by BELSPO were invited to introduce proposals for cooperation with the aim of giving added value to their research or museum activities by integrating an existing UNESCO’s programme. For info about the call and application forms: secr.coord@belspo.be.
Read more on the Unesco website...

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation)
Within the framework of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation), the Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS) was created in 1969 in order to give to the Alliance a new "social dimension". In the interim, the activities of the CCMS came to fall under the SPS programme (Science for Peace & Security). The Federal Science Policy Office monitors the programme.
Read more on the NAVO website...
Related activities: NATO Science Programme and its programme for research fellowships NATO.

ERAfrica
ERAfrica is a consortium supported by the European Commission within the frame of ERANET (FP7); BELSPO is a consortium partner.
The first call for proposals of the consortium was launched in January 15, 2013 around three themes : Renewable Energies; Interfacing Challenges and New ideas. Three types of activities were considered for funding: research, innovation and capacity building. The goal of the joint call is to create long-term research collaboration between EU Member States and/or Associated Countries and Africa. The Belgian participation in the call is funded by several institutions, each one with different eligibility criteria.
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