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Board 08, May 27, 1999

Joint Statement

The Governing Board of the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) convened on May 27 in Kyiv, approving over $3.7 million USD for new scientific projects. The STCU, an intergovernmental organization established by Canada, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States, and joined in 1998 by the European Union, has been operating since 1995. The main objective of the STCU is to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction by providing scientists and engineers from the former Soviet Union with opportunities for employment on peaceful scientific projects. In addition to serving the scientific community of Ukraine, the Center's membership now includes the republics of Uzbekistan and Georgia, where STCU project work has been underway since 1998.

The 24 new projects approved at this meeting bring the total value of projects funded by the STCU to over USD $29 million. This total includes three projects valued at over $340,000 funded by STCU Partner organizations IBM Research Division, 3M Corporate Research - Science Research Laboratory, and FED Corporation, as well as USD $253,000.00 added to three existing STCU projects. The Government of Japan participates in STCU activities as an STCU Sponsor and announced a special contribution of USD $370,000 in support of two STCU projects at the meeting. Canada, the European Union and the United States provided the remaining funding.

Projects funded at this meeting cover a wide range of technologies including: liquid radioactive waste treatment methods, maxilla sapphire implants for dentistry, an ozone discharge water purification system, bioengineered medicines for mmunodeficiency diseases, lithium borate crystals for radiation detection, and ultrasonic cerebral angiograph for tumor diagnostics. The new projects will employ 435 scientists, 293 of which have expertise in weapons of mass destruction or delivery system technologies. This is in addition to the 4500 scientists who have been supported by the STCU since 1995. The projects will be carried out across Ukraine at locations including Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dniepropetrovsk, Zaporizhizhia, Lviv, Donetsk, and Sumy, as well as in Tashkent and Chirchik, Uzbekistan.

In view of the importance of nuclear power in Ukraine, the governments of Canada, the European Union and the United States announced their intentions to support, on an expedited basis, a number of specially coordinated STCU projects. These projects will apply the computer talents of former Soviet weapons scientists from Ukraine towards addressing the year 2000 (Y2K) software coding problem in the Ukrainian nuclear power system. The STCU work will be carried out in coordination with other internationally sponsored Y2K efforts in Ukraine.

In addition, the Governing Board approved two new STCU partner organizations from Canada: Tesseral Technologies of Calgary, Alberta; and the Agri-Net Group of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Further, the Government of Canada introduced three Canadian companies National Advanced Coatings Corporation from Edmonton, Alberta, Cametoid Limited from Whitby, Ontario, and Sumeris Systems Limited from Richmond, British Columbia who will join the growing number of organizations currently funding research and development activities in Ukraine as STCU Partners. The European Union introduced Centre Europeanne de la Recherche Nucleaire (CERN) as an STCU sponsor.

Board 08, May 27, 1999


GBM Documents

1995: GBM01 2000: GBM10 GBM11 2005: GBM20 GBM21 2010: GBM30 GBM31 2015: GBM40 GBM41
1996: GBM02 GBM03 2001: GBM12 GBM13 2006: GBM22 GBM23 2011: GBM32 GBM33 2016: GBM42
1997: GBM04 GBM05 2002: GBM14 GBM15 2007: GBM24 GBM25 2012: GBM34 GBM35
1998: GBM06 GBM07 2003: GBM16 GBM17 2008: GBM26 GBM27 2013: GBM36 GBM37
1999: GBM08 GBM09 2004: GBM18 GBM19* 2009: GBM28GBM29 2014: GBM38 GBM39

* took place in February 2005

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