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Statutes of the MOST Intergovernmental Council and the MOST Scientific Steering Committee
Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme - November 1993



Article I
Article II - The Intergovernmental Council
Article III - Sessions
Article IV - Voting
Article V - Expenses
Article VI - Rules of Procedure
Article VII - Functions
Article VIII - Bureau
Article IX - Observers
Article X - Reporting
Article XI - The Scientific Steering Committee
Article XII - Sessions
Article XIII - Voting
Article XIV - Rules of Procedure
Article XV - Functions
Article XVI - Terms of office
Article XVII - Officers
Article XVIII - Reporting
Article XIX - Secretariat
Article XX - Expenses




Article I

An Intergovernmental Council and a Scientific Steering Committee for the international social science programme entitled 'Management of Social Transformations' (MOST) is hereby established within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


Article II - The Intergovernmental Council

1. The Council shall be composed of 35 Member States of UNESCO, elected by the General Conference taking into account the need to ensure equitable geographical distribution and appropriate rotation, and the strength of their commitment to the MOST programme.
2. The term of office of members of the Council shall extend from the end of the ordinary session of the General Conference during which they are elected until the end of its second subsequent ordinary session.
3. Notwithstanding the provision of paragraph 2 above, the term of office of 16 members designated at the first election shall cease at the end of the first ordinary session of the General Conference following that at which they were elected. These members shall be chosen by lot by the President of the General Conference after the election. Each retiring member shall be replaced by a member belonging to the same regional group.
4. Members of the Council shall be immediately eligible for re-election.
5. The council may make recommendations to the General Conference concerning its own membership.
6. It would be desirable that the persons appointed by Member States as their representatives on the Council be competent in the fields covered by the programme.
7. Each representative of a State that is a member of the Council may be assisted by advisers, a list of whom shall be communicated to the secretariat of the programme.


Article III - Sessions

The Council shall meet in regular plenary session once every two years, preferably in connection with the ordinary sessions of the General Conference. However, the Council may meet in extraordinary session at the request of the Director-General, of the majority of its members, or by decision of the Bureau.


Article IV - Voting

The Council shall endeavour to arrive at its decisions by consensus. In the event of a vote being taken, each member of the Council shall have one vote.


Article V - Expenses

The servicing expenses of the Council shall be covered by an appropriation adopted for this purpose by the General Conference of UNESCO. Member States shall bear the expenses of the participation of their representatives in sessions of the Council. However, UNESCO shall, if the financial situation allows it, bear all, or parts of, the expenses for the participation of representatives, when circumstances require it, particularly representatives of the least-developed countries.


Article VI - Rules of Procedure

The Council shall adopt its own Rules of Procedure.


Article VII - Functions

The Council shall guide and supervise the planning and implementation of the MOST programme. This shall, in particular, include:
(a) considering proposals on the development and adaptation of the MOST programme;
(b) defining the broad substantive areas of the MOST programme and recommending the broad lines of action that the programme could take;
(c) reviewing and assessing the activities and achievements of the MOST programme, as well as defining the basic areas requiring increased international co-operation on the basis, inter alia, of the report submitted by the Scientific Steering Committee;
(d) promoting participation of Member States in the MOST programme;
(e) seeking the necessary resources for the implementation of the MOST programme;
(f) facilitating the establishment of MOST programme activities at the national level and also communication between them.
In exercising its functions, the Council may consult the Scientific Steering Committee, and all appropriate international and regional social science organizations with which UNESCO maintains official relations. The International Social Science Council (ISSC) and its affiliated professional associations and organizations may give advice to the Intergovernmental Council.


Article VIII - Bureau

At the beginning of its first session and subsequently whenever the membership of the Council is modified by the General Conference in accordance with Article II above, the Council shall elect a President, six Vice-Presidents and a Rapporteur.


Article IX - Observers

1. Member States and Associate Members of UNESCO which are not members of the Council may send observers to all meetings of the Council.
2. Representatives of the United Nations and other organizations of the United Nations system may be invited to take part, as observers, in all meetings of the Council.
3. The Council shall lay down the conditions under which other international governmental or non-governmental organizations may be invited to attend its proceedings without the right to vote. The Council shall also lay down the conditions under which certain specialists might be consulted on matters within its competence.
4. The Council may invite non-Member States of UNESCO to send observers to its meetings.


Article X - Reporting

The Council shall submit reports on MOST programme activities to the General Conference of UNESCO at each of its ordinary sessions and, as appropriate, to the Executive Board.


Article XI - The Scientific Steering Committee

1. The Committee shall be composed of no more than nine regular members, who will be appointed by the Director-General in their personal capacity, in consultation with the regional and international intergovernmental and non-governmental social science organizations.
2. The President of the Council will ex officio be a member of the Scientific Steering Committee.
3. Members of the Committee shall be recognized specialists and active researchers in the fields of the MOST programme, and will represent various disciplines in the social sciences.


Article XII - Sessions

The Committee shall preferably meet twice a year. However, the Committee may meet in extraordinary session at the request of the majority of its members in agreement with the Director-General.


Article XIII - Voting

The Committee shall endeavour to arrive at its decisions by consensus. In the event of a vote being taken, each member of the Committee, including the ex officio member, shall have one vote. In case of an even vote, the vote of the chairperson shall be decisive.


Article XIV - Rules of Procedure

The Committee shall adopt its own Rules of Procedure.


Article XV - Functions

1. The Committee shall maintain the high scientific standards of the MOST programme. This shall, in particular, include:
(a) assessing the scientific quality of projects submitted to the programme;
(b) accepting only those proposals which conform with the general orientation of the programme and meet the required scientific standards.
2. The Committee may consult the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and its members and all other relevant social science bodies in the implementation of its functions.


Article XVI - Terms of office

The term of office for members of the Committee shall extend from the moment they are appointed by the Director-General for a term of three years. They shall be eligible for a maximum of two consecutive terms.


Article XVII - Officers

At the beginning of each meeting, the Committee shall elect a Chairperson and two Vice-Chairpersons.


Article XVIII - Reporting

The Committee shall report to the Intergovernmental Council at each of the Council's ordinary sessions. The Committee shall also report to the Director-General of UNESCO after each of the Committee's sessions.


Article XIX - Secretariat

1. The Director-General of UNESCO shall provide the staff and other means required for the operation of the secretariat of the MOST programme.
2. The secretariat shall provide the necessary services for the sessions of the Council and the Committee.


Article XX - Expenses

The servicing expenses of the Committee shall be covered by an appropriation voted for this purpose by the General Conference of UNESCO. Expenses for meetings of members of the Committee shall be paid by UNESCO.

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Author(s) UNESCO
Publication Year 1993




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