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An official letter

Federal Science and Innovations Agency

Moscow, Russia

17 June, 2009


North Caucasian institute of mining and metallurgy


Dear Professor Vagin,

Federal Science and Innovations Agency having studied the materials on the activity of the International innovation scientific and technological centre “Sustainable development of mountain territories” of NCIMM(STU), (further –the Centre) points out the high urgency and the significance of the Centre’s activity.

Scientific and innovation activity of the Centre in 2008 was presented by a number of projects directed to the solution of the certain problems within the framework of the main directions of science and technology development in the Russian Federation.

In view of the aforesaid, Federal Science and Innovations Agency supports the petition of the Government of RNO-Alania and NCIMM (STU) to UNESCO on conferring the Centre the status of Category 2 UNESCO Center.

The Agency expresses its confidence in the fact that the new status of the IISTC “Mountains” will enable to carry out more closely and efficiently research and other work for the sake of the sustainable development of mountain territories.


M.A. Kambolov

Deputy Director