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Progress of IASC against 1996 IASC Review recommendations Recommendation Progress (1999) 01 IASC become principal international organization coordinating arctic science Slow. ASSW represents progress. Multi-disciplinary activity now taken on board. 02 Provide forum for operators Forum of Arctic Research Operators (FARO) established. 03 Develop science agenda, focus on user needs, incorporate info on finance and timing constraints, seek higher profile, stimulating and prioritizing programs, review portfolio etc. Contact with, inclusion and addressing needs of Arctic residents still require considerably more effort. Finance and timing constraints have been included. Publicity has improved, ASSW has assisted, always more to do. Program development: project guidelines have been produced. Implementation: planning is improving. Regular reviews of projects now undertaken by ExCom. 04 Encourage more human science representation Social science and humanities representation still too light. 05 Become vehicle for international funding Proactive seeking of funds has not proved easy. 06 Greater contact with users Greater contact with Arctic research users/stakeholders has been slow and patchy. 07 Membership in the International Council for Science (ICSU) ICSU membership mired in Russian internal politics 08 Relations with Arctic Council IASC-Arctic Council relations (part of wider policy-science dialogue) has progressed well but requires continuous attention. 09 Interaction with International Human Development Program (IHDP), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) IHDP/ IPCC interactions have been positive, especially the latter. 10 Communications with other organizations Satisfactory: Arctic Climate System Study (ACSYS)/ World Climate Research Program (WCRP), International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) 11 Mechanisms for provision of advice Advice issue not tested. 12 Review of Working Groups WG activities have been reviewed. Reporting is much better. Arctic Global Change Program Office (AGCPO) closed 13 Dissemination of information Dissemination of information - WWW is assisting 14 Cooperate with the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Cooperation with SCAR possible in future, quiet liaison. Joint data meetings with Arctic Environment Data Directory (ADD). 15 Review structure of Annual meeting Council meetings have been streamlined: possibly now too efficient!! ASSW developed. 16 Keep up with changing technology Information Technology (IT) is being used. 31 01 Development of IASC