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 Appendix 2:Initially Suggested Goals and Mission Statements



The Goals of IUPAC, an Ethically Based International Scientific Union

IUPAC Mission and Strategic Thrust


IUPAC GOALS [from Vice-President's Critical Assessment - Prof. Joshua Jortner]

These goals rest on the statutory objectives and should define the missions of IUPAC.

(1) Serving as an international, nongovernmental, scientific, authoritative and objective advisory body for global issues related to pure and applied chemistry.

(2) Contributing to the advancement, coordination and collaboration of worldwide academic and industrial research in chemistry.

(3) Providing effective channels of communication in the international chemistry community.

(4) Promoting the service of chemistry to society and to the international community.

(5) Contributing to education in chemistry on all levels.

(6) Encouraging young chemists in developed and developing countries.

(7) Advancing the service of chemistry to developing countries.

(8) Broadening the geographical base of the Union

(9) Addressing globally important issues of chemistry.

(10) Advancing the public understanding of science in the special context of chemistry.

(11) Serving as the "voice of chemistry".

(12) Enhancing the visibility of the activities of the Union for the sake of the discipline.

(13) Maintaining the norms, values, standards and ethics of science.

Although not explicitly incorporated in the bylaws, issues (10)-(13) are central for the international chemistry community and for the impact of science on society.

The Goals of IUPAC, an Ethically Based International Scientific Union [excerpted from paper by Prof. Pieter Steyn]

Inwardly-directed Goals (Traditional Goals)

1. Serving as the leading (or representative) international, authoritative and objective advisory body for globally important issues related to the practice of pure and applied chemistry.

2. Contributing to the advancement, co-ordination and collaboration of world-wide academic and industrial research in chemistry.

3. Facilitating effective channels of communication in the international chemistry and scientific community.


Outwardly-directed Goals (Service to the Society at Large)

1. Promoting universal access to the benefits of chemistry through formal, non-formal and informal education.

2. Contributing to the advancement of education in all aspects of chemistry in terms of quality and appropriateness.

3. Promoting chemical industry in its contribution to sustainable development, wealth creation, and the improvement of the quality of life. [Wealth creation may be omitted].

IUPAC Mission and Strategic Thrusts [excerpted from paper by Prof. Upendra Pandit]

IUPAC MISSION: To advance and contribute to all international aspects of chemistry and to serve the interests of the international chemical community in the 21st century

Strategic Thrusts:


1.1 Respond to the evolving developments in Chemistry, especially with reference to interdisciplinary areas

1.2 Foster the positive image of chemistry as the "MOLECULAR BASIS OF HUMAN WELFARE IN THE 21st CENTURY"

1.3 Initiate activities in areas of global concern where Chemistry can help to provide visible solutions on a short to medium time-scale basis [environment, ecology, bio-diversity, international aspects of health care, etc.]

1.4 Develop Programs directed to the specific needs of technically less-developed countries


2.1 Establishment of international chemical standards, terms, codification and nomenclature - where it can be done effectively by the IUPAC

2.2 Development of Forums and Channels for Exchange of information on "Educational Methods"

2.3 Coordination of Technical Training (setting-up an International data-bank on available training positions and applicants; e.g., on postdocs)

2.4 Facilitate International Industrial Partnerships (databank on "effective" academic, industrial and other laboratories which can do contract-work on specific projects)

2.5 Establish an IUPAC Information Centre to which chemists, affiliates and non-affiliates alike, can address their enquiries

2.6 Establish "Name" Awards, Lectures and Fellowships for young chemists

The contribution of IUPAC in these areas is warranted on the basis of its Global Position, International Recognition and Available Expertise.

Executive Summary
Formation of the SDIC
Strategic Plan
Organization and Management of Scientific Work
Responsibilities of Division Committees
Election of Division Committees and Division Officers
Project-Driven System
Conversion to a New Project-Driven System
Operation of a Project-Driven System
Evaluation of Projects
Role of the Secretariat
Financial Considerations
Summary of Recommendations on Organization and Management
Summary of Formal Actions Required
Concluding Statement
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Appendix 4


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