On Russia's initiative in 2003 the International Basic Sciences Program was established; the Vice-Chairman of its Scientific Council is Academician V. E. Fortov (member of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO).
The 35th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO took a stand for strengthening through IBSP science education, activities for building human and institutional capacities in the field of basic sciences, capacity building and the introduction of innovations in engineering, policy development in the field of renewable and alternative energy sources.
The General Conference supported the Russian project for a scientific and educational satellite of UNESCO, which is scheduled to be launched to coincide with the 50-year anniversary of the first manned space flight.
The IBSP Scientific Board included in the program the Russian project proposal “Fundamental problems of physics and plasma technology”.
In 2008, the International Center for Sustainable Energy Development under the auspices of UNESCO was founded in Moscow - the first UNESCO institution of category II in our country.
In Russia, the National Committee for the IBSP (www.unesco-ibsp.org) is functioning, chaired by Professor A.D.Khamzaev (member of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO).
Significance for Russia:
• The establishment in UNESCO of the International Basic Sciences Program on the initiative of Russia contributes to the further integration of our country in the world scientific community, to strengthening national capacities for research and education, enhancing exchanges and sharing of information and achievements in science, as well as preventing “brain drain”. Russia provides the advanced scientific practice centers available in the country for the implementation of corporate international projects at the expense of attracted funds.