The international light source SESAME was founded under the auspices of UNESCO in May 2002, with statutes similar to CERN. Its members are Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority and Turkey, with a large number of observers from the countries with major accelerator infrastructures. The objectives are to provide a state-of-the-art light source for peaceful scientific research and for the training of scientists, engineers and technicians. Jordan, which has been selected to host the center, has provided the land as well as funds for the construction of the building. The injectors are based on the donated BESSY I components. The state-of-the-art 2.5 GeV synchrotron is scheduled to be commissioned in 2015.
CERN signed in 2004 a cooperation agreement, implemented by a first protocol in 2010 in support for research and training programmes and a second protocol in 2012 on support for the storage ring magnets. The European Commission and CERN have agreed in 2012 to support the construction of the magnetic system of the storage ring, under the umbrella of the FP7 CESSAMag project (“CERN-EC Support for SESAME Magnets”), starting on 1st November 2012. CERN provides its expert manpower and the EU a 5M€ material budget.