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ESCR-Net Welcomes Our Newest Members

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new members who have joined the Network since the December 2009 Newsletter.   The following Organizations and Individuals were approved through the Membership process contained in ESCR-Net governance document:

As of July 5, 2010, ESCR-Net Members include 181 organizations and 43 Individuals from 66 countries.  To view ESCR-Net Member Web Profiles, please visit




ESCR-Net Location of the Secretariat

As noted in our December 2009 Newsletter, the Secretariat completed research on the economic benefits of moving the Secretariat  to a country in the Global South. The results of the research demonstrated that moving the location to the Global South could result in a reduction of operational expenses of about 31% to 62% of current operating costs, depending on the selected city. As a consequence, the research shows that, if funding is maintained at the same level, relocation opens a real possibility of increasing the working capacity of ESCR-Net. Considering these findings and other variables and based in the mandate given by the General Assembly at the International Strategy Meeting in Nairobi 2008, the ESCR-Net Board has decided to take the necessary steps to initiate the process for the move of the Secretariat. Towards the end of the year, a call for applications will be opened to select a new Executive Director (ED), who will be in charge of the design and implementation of the relocation plan to the new location. This location will be decided simultaneously with the selection of the new ED.

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