- 1952 - 1953 (Creation)
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The AC/31 chronological series contains the records of the Working Group on Social and Cultural Co-operation. This group was set up by the Council in September 1952 in order to continue the studies undertaken by the Atlantic Community Committee(1) and to ascertain how to implement the approved projects. The Working Group met for the first time on 10 December 1952. Its first task was to more closely define the scope of its work and develop a Programme of Work. Initially, it focused its efforts on developing proposals aimed at promoting cultural co-operation at the international level, whether within various international, government or other organizations, or within the framework of bilateral and regional agreements which were given concrete form, for example, by exchanges of teaching staff, students and documents. The Group also addressed issues involving NATO scientific research, and looked for ways of fostering cultural co-operation with the Armed Forces of the NATO nations. In July 1953, further to a Council decision, the Working Group on Social and Cultural Co-operation merged with the Working Group on Information Policy(2) to form the Committee on Information and Cultural Relations(3).
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The records in the AC/31 series deal with the subjects studied by the Working Group on Social and Cultural Co-operation. They contain draft recommendations on cultural exchanges between the NATO countries, information on internships and scholarships from the Atlantic Community, as well as memoranda from the delegations on bilateral and multilateral cultural agreements.
Also contained in the series is a NATO inventory of scientific research and information on the Council of Europe's work on refugees and overpopulation.
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The records in the AC/31 series are assembled by type - Document (D) and Record (R) - and then by year and number.
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NATO publicly disclosed information is available for research and education purposes. Any commercial use requires the written permission of NATO. Please credit the NATO Archives should any documents be used for publication. Guidelines for the proper citation of NATO publicly disclosed information can be found on the NATO Archives website (http://www.nato.int/archives).
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The documents of the chronological series were circulated in both NATO official languages (English and French).
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(1) See the series under reference AC/10.
(2) See the series under reference AC/24.
(3) See the series under reference AC/52.
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