Title: International Year of Chemistry - Initial strategy planning
Chairman: Anthony D
Ashmore and Peter G.
Chiu, Morton Z.
Hoffman, John M. Malin,
Gerard P. Moss, Natalia
P. Tarasova, and Maria
Completion Date: 2008 - project completed
To develop for IUPAC a plan to secure the designation by UNESCO of an
International Year of Chemistry.
A number of scientific disciplines have achieved significant benefits
through securing designation by UNESCO of an International Year of X.
The International Year of Physics was deemed to be a particular success
by that community.
IUPAC's Bureau has indicated that it would like IUPAC to secure designation
by UNESCO of an International Year of Chemistry and has asked the Committee
on Chemistry Education to take the lead. Information has been gathered
about other International Years and exploratory talks have been held
with UNESCO officials. Securing designation requires support from UNESCO
centrally, the permanent representatives to UNESCO and national commissions.
A meeting of the task group with officials and permanent representatives
of UNESCO is being planned for May 2007.
August 07: At its recent Assembly on August 11-12 August 2007,
IUPAC Council endorsed the plan to obtain United Nations approval of
2011 as an International Year of Chemistry. The Union invited all Adhering
Organizations, Associated Organizations, and other Chemical Societies
to assist with a designation that would create a strategic opportunity
to communicate the central importance of chemistry in every facet of
modern life. [more]
The Executive Board of UNESCO, in its meeting of April 17, 2008, has
endorsed the proposal for proclamation by the United Nations of 2011
as an International Year of Chemistry (IYC).
The wording of the proposal is as follows:
The Executive Board,
1. Recognizing that humankind's understanding of the material nature
of our world is grounded in our knowledge of chemistry,
2. Stressing that education in and about chemistry is critical in addressing
challenges such as global climate change, in providing sustainable sources
of clean water, food and energy, and in maintaining a wholesome environment
for the well-being of all people,
3. Considering that the science and application of chemistry produces
medicines, fuels, metals, and virtually all other manufactured products,
4. Taking note of the ongoing United Nations initiatives in industrial
5. Aware that the year 2011 provides the opportunity to celebrate the
contributions of women to science on the one hundredth anniversary of
the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Maria Sklodowska-Curie,
6. Being further aware that the year 2011 provides the opportunity to
highlight the need for international scientific collaboration on the
one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the International Association
of Chemical Societies,
7. Having examined document 179 EX/47 and Add. Rev., [containing supporting
letters and statements from numerous National Adhering Organizations
8. Welcomes the unanimous resolution of the International Union of Pure
and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), at its 2007 Council meeting, to declare
2011 as the International Year of Chemistry and to play a lead role
in coordinating and promoting chemistry activities at the national and
regional levels around the world;
9. Invites the Director-General to support all efforts leading the United
Nations General Assembly to declare 2011 the International Year of Chemistry;
10. Recommends that the General Conference adopt, at its 35th session,
a resolution on this subject.
The proposal was placed before the UNESCO Executive Board by the Ethiopian
representative and supported officially by approximately twenty five
> read more in SG column, CI July-Aug 2008 (in press)
Last update: 29 May 2008
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