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IUPAC Strategic Plan -- 2002-2003

Four years ago, following a series of meetings to obtain input from leaders in chemistry in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, IUPAC redefined its mission and established goals and strategies to guide its approach to the shaping of the chemical sciences and the service of chemistry in a rapidly changing world. The initial IUPAC Strategic Plan was revised slightly in 2000, and revised more extensively this year. A Vision Statement has been added, which is useful in communicating the essence of the Union's "raison d'Ítre". The Mission Statement has been expanded to answer the Who, Why, What and How questions surrounding IUPAC and its functions. The Long-Range Goals have been streamlined and consolidated to six statements.


Vision Statement

IUPAC advances the worldwide role of chemistry for the benefit of Mankind.

Mission Statement

IUPAC is a non-governmental organization of member countries that encompass more than 85% of the world's chemical sciences and industries. IUPAC addresses international issues in the chemical sciences utilizing expert volunteers from its member countries. IUPAC provides leadership, facilitation, and encouragement of chemistry and promotes the norms, values, standards, and ethics of science and the free exchange of scientific information. Scientists have unimpeded access to IUPAC activities and reports. In fulfilling this mission, IUPAC effectively contributes to the worldwide understanding and application of the chemical sciences, to the betterment of the human condition.

Long-range Goals

To fulfill its mission, IUPAC has established a set of Long-range Goals. In the pursuit of these goals, IUPAC will assure sound management of its resources to provide maximum value for the funds invested in the Union.
  1. IUPAC will provide leadership as a worldwide scientific organization that objectively addresses global issues involving the chemical sciences.
  2. IUPAC will facilitate the advancement of research in the chemical sciences through the tools that it provides for international standardization and scientific discussion.
  3. IUPAC will assist chemistry-related industry in its contribution to sustainable development, wealth creation, and improvement in the quality of life.
  4. IUPAC will foster communication among individual chemists and scientific organizations, with special emphasis on the needs of chemists in developing countries.
  5. IUPAC will utilize its global perspective and network to contribute to the enhancement of chemistry education, the career development of young chemical scientists, and the public appreciation of chemistry.
  6. IUPAC will broaden its national membership base and will seek the maximum feasible diversity in membership of IUPAC bodies in terms of geography, gender, and age.


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