Members and Observers of SESAME

Benefits & Obligations of Members of SESAME

PRIVILEGES OF MEMBERS AND BENEFITS FOR THEM

SESAME is 'owned' by its Members which have full control over its strategic development and exploitation, and major financial matters. Day-to-day management is the responsibility of the Director & Directorate, appointed by, and answerable to, the SESAME Council, on which all the Members are represented.

Because SESAME groups the efforts of a number of countries, it offers an extraordinarily cost-effective way of obtaining excellent wide-ranging research opportunities.

Scientists from the Members of SESAME will have full access, free-of-charge, to all facilities in the laboratory, including existing beamlines and instruments. They will be able to propose to design and conduct experiments according to their specific interests/needs, without being limited to what is offered under routine operational conditions at synchrotron radiation user facilities.

Through international cooperation enabled by SESAME, scientists, engineers and technicians from Members of the Centre will be brought to world-level standards and they become full partners in the world scientific community.

SESAME will contribute to promoting research and technologies in its Members, and, in the long run, will have far-reaching beneficial effects on the development of national capacities. Participation in SESAME will also contribute to improving the standards of teaching and research at national universities and make industries more competitive.

Scientists and engineers from Members can profit from SESAME's extensive training opportunities in a field that is at the frontiers of science, and young scientists have greater opportunities for hands-on training through beamtime allocations generously made available for SESAME in synchrotron light sources elsewhere.

Applicants from Members are given priority when international staff are hired at SESAME.

A number of components will need to be purchased as further beamlines are built, other facilities are added and (in due course) SESAME is upgraded, as happens periodically at all light sources. Here again, preference is given to national companies from Members. Such contracts are not only interesting from a financial point of view, but in many cases are important tools for technology transfer.

OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS

Members are to cover the annual operational costs of SESAME.

They contribute to the governance of SESAME through participation in the Council and the Finance Committee.

For further details see the Paper on Privileges, Benefits and Obligations of Members of SESAME

How to become a Member/Observer

Membership and observer status in SESAME is open to potential initial Members and Observers, other States and international organisations.

The procedure for joining SESAME is different for:
  • a potential initial Member or Observer, i.e. an entity that was a Member or Observer in the international Interim Council of SESAME that preceded the permanent Council that was set up once SESAME formally came into existence on 15 April 2004; and
  • other States and international organizations which were neither Members nor Observers in the international Interim Council of SESAME that preceded the permanent Council.

A POTENTIAL INITIAL MEMBER OR OBSERVER wishing to join the Centre as a Member or Observer is to send the Director-General of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), which is the depository of the Statutes of SESAME, a notification of acceptance of these Statutes, stating whether it is membership or observer status that is being requested. If it is membership that is being sought, this notification is to be signed by the country's Head of State, Head of Government or Minister of Foreign Affairs. If it is observer status that is being sought, it is sufficient for this notification to be signed by the country's Permanent Delegate to UNESCO.

OTHER STATES AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS wishing to join the Centre as a Member or Observer are to send notification of this to the President of the SESAME Council and to indicate whether it is membership or observer status that is being requested. They are to do so by addressing a letter to the President of the SESAME Council c/o of the Director of SESAME. Membership and observer status of other States and international organizations is subject to a decision taken by a two-thirds majority of the SESAME Council. The President of the SESAME Council communicates the decision taken by the SESAME Council to the State/organization seeking to join SESAME. In the case of a positive decision by the Council, the President of the SESAME Council also communicates the decision to the Director-General of UNESCO, and the State/organization is then to send the Director-General of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), which is the depository of the Statutes of SESAME, a notification of acceptance of these Statutes, and to state whether it is membership or observer status that is being sought. In the case of a State seeking membership, this notification is to be signed by the country's Head of State, Head of Government or Minister of Foreign Affairs. In the case of a State seeking observer status, it is sufficient for this notification to be signed by the country's Permanent Delegate to UNESCO.

Members and Observers of SESAME

Slide1-editiedThe current (2017) Members of SESAME are Cyprus, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority, and Turkey.

Current Observers (2017) are Brazil, Canada, China (People’s Republic of), the European Union, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Through the SESAME Council, the Members of SESAME have full control over the development and exploitation of the Centre, and its financial matters. They have Benefits and Obligations.

Observers have no duties and their role is more that of an advisory one. They nonetheless have some privileges, for example, they may submit proposals for discussion at Council sessions, their nationals may hold staff positions at SESAME and, whenever possible, invitations to tender for the purchase of equipment and supplies is limited to manufacturers and contractors located within the territories of Members and Observers.

Each Member and Observer may have up to two Delegates serving on the SESAME Council, ideally one representing his/her Governmental Authorities and the second representing national scientific interests. Both delegates are nominated by their Governmental Authorities. They may be accompanied to Council meetings by up to two Advisers.

How to become a Member/Observer is explained in this web site.

 

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