Genesis

The Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) has been established as an inter-governmental organisation in pursuance of the deliberation of the 5th, 6th and 7th Conferences of the Heads of State or Government of the NAM Countries, respectively held in Colombo in 1976, Havana in 1979 and New Delhi in 1983, and after the adoption of the Statute of the Centre by consensus by the Meeting of the Plenipotentiaries of the Non-aligned Countries in New York in February 1985. The Statute of the Centre was again opened for signature at the NAM Ministerial meeting in Pyongyang in 1987.  Upon signature of 31 countries and their accession to the Statute, the Centre came into being in August 1989. The Secretariat of the Centre is centrally located at New Delhi, India in its own premises at the India Habitat Center, for the purchase of which a grant was given by the Government of India.

Forty Eight developing countries have so far joined the Centre as its member.

Objectives and Functions of the Centre

a  Promote various actions called for by the Action Programme for Economic Cooperation and by the Common Strategy for Cooperation in the fields of Science and Technology in order to strengthen cooperation among non-aligned and other developing countries;

a  Promote the fullest possible and mutually beneficial collaboration among scientists and technologists and scientific organizations from non-aligned and other developing countries;

a  Act as a clearing house of information regarding technological capabilities of individual non-aligned and other developing countries with a view to promoting scientific and technological co-operation and transfer of technology among them, and provide early information about impending technological changes and seek to develop a data bank;

a  Stimulate and promote joint R&D projects and training programmes on bilateral or multilateral basis among the members of the Centre in selected fields of special relevance;

a  Preparation of state-of-the-art reports in selected fields and problems and render expert advice to the members in the choice of technology, and scientific and technological growth, including human resources development;

a  Maintain a registry of scientific and technological experts of high caliber whose services could be utilized by the members of the Centre; and

a  Help in the establishment of links between national and regional centres for development and transfer of technology.

In addition to the above, the Centre may perform such other functions as may be assigned to it by either a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the NAM countries or a Summit Meeting of the Heads of State or Government of the NAM countries. The Centre may also, within the limits of its objectives and upon approval of its Governing Council, undertake appropriate cooperation with the United Nations and its specialized agencies as well as with other governmental and non-governmental organizations