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Research in the South Pacific Area

Nature volume 159, pages 735736 (31 May 1947) | Download Citation



AN important outcome of the South Seas Conference at Canberra, January 28-February 6, 1947, attended by delegations representing the Governments, of Australia, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Great Britain and the United States, which administer non-self-governing territories in the South Seas, was the signing of an agreement establishing the South Pacific Commission, which will seek to promote the economic and social welfare and advancement of two million people in the South Pacific. The Commission is to appoint an advisory research council of persons distinguished in fields of research within the competence of the Commission, including some full-time appointments of persons highly qualified in the fields of health and economic and social development, together with a full-time director of research. The functions of the research council include the maintenance of a continuous survey of research needs in the territories within the scope of the Commission, and making recommendations to the Commission on research to be undertaken ; arranging for the prosecution of research studies approved by the Commission, using existing institutions where appropriate and feasible ; and co-ordinating the research activities of other bodies working within the field of the Commission's activities, and availing itself, where possible, of the assistance of such bodies. The council may also appoint technical standing research committees to consider problems in particular fields of research, and, with the approval of the Commission, ad hoc research committees to deal with special problems.

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