International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation

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International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation
International organization
Capital Geneva
Political structure International organization
Historical era Interwar period
 -  Creation 1922
 -  Dissolution 1946
Henri Bergson (ICIC president) to Inazo Nitobe (International Bureaux Section director).[1]

The International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation (sometimes League of Nations Committee on Intellectual Cooperation) was an advisory organization for the League of Nations which aimed to promote international cultural/intellectual exchange between scientists, researchers, teachers, artists and other intellectuals.[2] It was established in 1922, and counted such distinguished members as Henri Bergson, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Béla Bartók, Thomas Mann, Salvador de Madariaga, and Paul Valéry.[3]

Unable to secure the funding required to maintain a significant office in Geneva, the organization was offered assistance from France to establish an executive branch (the International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation) in Paris in 1926.[3]

The ICIC worked closely with the International Educational Cinematographic Institute (Istituto Internazionale del Cinema Educatore) created in Rome in 1928 by the Italian government.

Its work continued until 1946, when its role was taken over by UNESCO.


  1. ^ LoN archives 1924, United Nations Offices in Geneva. Picture from this collection.
  2. ^ Iriye, Akira (2002). Global Community: The Role of International Organizations in the Making of the Contemporary World. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0520231279. 
  3. ^ a b Intellectual Cooperation and International Bureaux Section, United Nations Office in Geneva

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