The 23rd Session of the International Coordinating Council (ICC) of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme will be held on June 28 - July 1, 2011 in Dresden. The session will be attended by the Russian delegation composed of representatives of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO and the Russian MAB Committee.
UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme was established in 1971 to solve global contradictions that arise in the field of environment and development. The programme is a recognized leader in providing a balance between the often conflicting goals of biodiversity conservation and promoting economic development.
The ICC is the governing body of the Programme and consists of 34 members elected at regular sessions of the General Conference of UNESCO. Russia is part of the current composition of the Council and its mandate runs out at the end of the 36th session of the General Conference of the Organization in 2011; V.M.Neronov, representative of the Russian Federation, is one of the five Vice-Chairmen of the International Coordinating Council of the MAB programme.
A number of important issues of the Programme activities are on the agenda for the upcoming session, in particular, an examination of proposals for creating new UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, as well as the Russian proposal Volga-Akhtuba floodplain.