Agreement concerning the establishment
of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies
The States Parties to the present Agreement,
Bearing in mind that Central Asia, by virtue of its geographic location and rich historic legacy, has played a vital role in the transmission of cultural, scientific and religious ideas between East and West, North and South,
Fully aware that the common cultural heritage, both physical and non-physical, generated by the encounter of Central Asian peoples, spiritual traditions, science and culture, represents an invaluable contribution to world civilization and the dialogue of cultures, and deserves to be studied, rehabilitated and made better known,
Recalling the contribution which UNESCO-sponsored activities have made to the evolution of the idea of the setting up of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies, and the recommendation to create an institute for Central Asian studies made by leading scholars participating in the Integral Study of the Silk Roads: Roads of Dialogue, a major project of the World Decade for Cultural Development,
Desirous of continuing and strengthening their co-operation through a multidisciplinary study of the region, and of establishing to this effect the necessary structures and modalities,
Have agreed as follows:
Establishment of the Institute
IICAS shall exercise the following functions in the domains of the physical and non-physical cultural heritage, environment, archaeology, history, history of art, history of religions, history of sciences, ethnography, historical geography, written and oral literature and the social sciences;
The membership of IICAS shall consist of States – members of the United Nations and its specialized agencies which have become parties to the present Agreement in conformity with its Article 17.
The following shall be eligible for Associate Membership of IICAS: public or private institutions and non-governmental organizations of a scientific or cultural nature. Admission to Associate
Membership shall be by decision of the Academic Council of IICAS, taken by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting and, where necessary, with the consent of the Member State to which the applicant belongs, if the said Member State so requires.
Corresponding Members will include individuals admitted on a personal basis by decision of the Academic Council of IICAS taken by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting, and, where necessary, with the consent of the Member State to which the applicant belongs, if the said Member State so requires.
IICAS shall comprise a General Assembly, an Academic Council and a Secretariat.
The General Assembly: Composition
The General Assembly shall consist of delegates of the States belonging to IICAS, each of which shall be represented by one delegate, as well as the representative of UNESCO 1.
These delegates should be chosen from amongst the best qualified specialists and if possible representing specialized institutions concerned with the fields specified in article 2.
Associate Members may be represented at sessions of the General Assembly by observers, who shall be entitled to speak and to submit proposals, but not to vote.
The General Assembly shall meet in ordinary session every two years. It may also be convened in extraordinary session by the Academic Council. Unless the General Assembly or the Academic Council decides otherwise, the General Assembly shall meet in Samarkand and, if needed, in Paris on the occasion of the General Conference of UNESCO, or elsewhere on the invitation of a Member State.
The General Assembly shall elect its President and one or more Vice-Presidents at the beginning of each regular session. This nomination should reflect the principle of balance and rotation between Member States.
The General Assembly shall adopt its own Rules of Procedure. It shall endeavour to reach its decisions by consensus.
The General Assembly: Functions
The functions of the General Assembly shall be to
Academic Council: Composition
(f) The Council shall meet at least once a year.
(g) Ad hoc working groups may be formed from among members of the Academic Council and specially invited experts whenever this is deemed necessary for the execution of the Council’s tasks.
(h) The Council shall adopt its own Rules of Procedure. It shall endeavour to reach its decisions by consensus.
The Academic Council: Functions
The functions of the Academic Council shall be to:
The Secretariat shall consist of the Director and such staff as IICAS may require.
The Director shall be appointed by the General Assembly, on the proposal of the Academic Council, for a four-year period, with possible extension of the term for two years only and not be eligible for reappointment for a subsequent term 4. The appointment of the first Director shall be made during the first session of the General Assembly. He/she should possess high academic and professional qualifications. The appointment of the Director should reflect the principle of balance and rotation between Member States.
Assistants to the Director shall be appointed, on the proposal of the Director, by the Academic Council, and may not be of the same nationality as the Director. Appointments to any vacancies occurring in the intervals between sessions of the Council shall be made by the Director, subject to confirmation by the Council, which shall also fix the term of office.
The other members of the Secretariat shall be appointed by the Director.
In the discharge of their duties, the Director and the staff shall not seek or receive instructions from any government or from any authority external to IICAS.
IICAS’ resources shall derive from:
Co-operation with UNESCO and with other organizations
IICAS shall co-operate with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It may also, by decision of the Academic Council taken by a two-thirds majority of its members, co-operate with other organizations and institutions. To this effect, IICAS may conclude agreements with UNESCO and other organizations and institutions.
Amendments to the present Agreement may be adopted by the General Assembly by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting; provided, however, that those amendments which involve fundamental alterations in the aims of IICAS or new obligations for Member States shall require subsequent acceptance on the part of two-thirds majority of the Member States before they come into force.
Withdrawal of Member States
Any member may give notice of withdrawal from IICAS at any time after the expiry of a period of two years from the date of its accession. Such notice shall take effect one year after the date on which it is communicated to the Director of IICAS, provided that the member concerned has, on that date, paid its contribution for all the years during which it belonged to IICAS, including the financial year following the date of the notice of withdrawal. The Director of IICAS shall communicate said notice to all members and to the depository of the present Agreement.
Entry into force
This Agreement shall enter into force when five States have become parties to it in accordance with Article 17 above.
In witness whereof the undersigned, duly authorized for that purpose, have signed this Agreement.
Done at Samarkand in the English, French and Russian languages, each version being equally authentic and having the same force, this fifth day of July 1995.
1. Paragraph amended by the General Assembly of IICAS at its 6th session (Tashkent, 2007).
2. Paragraph amended by the General Assembly of IICAS at its 6th session (Tashkent, 2007).
3. Paragraph amended by the General Assembly of IICAS at its 4th session (Paris, 2001).
4. Paragraph amended by the General Assembly of IICAS at its 9th session (Tashkent, 2011).