International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) - was promoted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a centre of excellence for research and training in genetic engineering and biotechnology for the benefit of developing countries. The Centre, currently under the direction of Mauro Giacca, has three Components: Trieste, Italy, New Delhi, India and Cape Town, South Africa and comprises a network of 40 Affiliated Centres (national laboratories located in developing countries).

Created and developed as a special UNIDO programme under the direction of Arturo Falaschi, on February 3, 1994 the ICGEB acquired the status of Autonomous International Organisation, although it remains within the United Nations system.

As of 2014, the ICGEB Statute has been signed by 45 states, most of these developing countries, and 63 states are full members of the Centre, having ratified or acceded to the Statute.

It carries out its work of scientific cooperation by the following means:

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