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Cooperation with UNESCO

IUPAC and the Division of Basic and Engineering Sciences of UNESCO—the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization—signed a Memorandum on Cooperation in Pure and Applied Chemistry. The two organizations, which have a history of close and successful cooperation, will focus their joint activities on capacity building and information sharing in Africa.

The Memorandum signed on 21 Dec 2005 lists a number of specific areas of cooperation:

  • addressing global and ethical issues that necessitate international expertise and/or action in the field of chemical sciences
  • advancing the chemical sciences through the fos-tering of international and regional cooperation in research projects, in particular through networks of national centers of excellence
  • promoting the services of chemical sciences for the development of technologies, engineering, wealth creation, and improvement of the quality of life
  • improving training of young scientists, both men and women, particularly those from the least-developed countries
  • sharing scientific information and knowledge

This agreement recognizes the need to follow-up on recommendations in Science Agenda —Framework for Action, adopted by the World Conference on Science, particularly those relating to fundamental research, basic human needs, and the sharing of scientific information and knowledge, and the recommendations from the WCS follow-up symposium on “Harnessing Science for Society: Further Partnerships” (Venice, 2005).

The Division of Basic and Engineering Sciences is responsible for promoting international partnerships in science that encourage sustainable development, basic and engineering sciences, renewable energy, and disaster mitigation.

For more information, contact IUPAC Executive Director John Jost

> www.unesco.org/science >>Basic and Engineering Sciences


<announcement published in Chem. Int. July-Aug 2006>

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