UpdateUN, IUPAC launch International Year of Chemistry initiative

27 January 2011 15:36  [Source: ICIS news]

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LONDON (ICIS)--The UN and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) on Thursday launched the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) initiative at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris, France.

Under the motto "Chemistry: our life, our future," the IYC is aimed at promoting a deeper public understanding of chemistry's role in meeting the world's needs and encouraging interest in chemistry among young people.

Over the course of the year, there will be a number of IYC events across the world that cover important local, regional and global issues of nutrition, health, materials, energy and the environment.

The initiative marks an opportunity for the chemical industry to show the world how important its products and processes are in the global economy.

"We want to raise people's awareness of the achievements of chemistry and the solutions that chemistry will provide to meet the challenges ahead," said Hans-Ulrich Engel, member of the BASF board of executive directors.

“This is a time to celebrate our collective achievements, but it’s also a time for the best and brightest in our industry to tackle new challenges, using chemistry – both material and human chemistry – to produce meaningful results,” said Jerome Peribere, president and CEO of Dow Advanced Materials

Meanwhile, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) launched a video titled “Water – A Global Solution,” in order to further promote the IYC and encourage more young people to get involved in chemistry.

Video: “Water – A Global Solution,” launched by the ICCA

“The International Year of Chemistry provides a unique opportunity to celebrate chemistry’s contribution to society and to get students of all ages involved in and excited by science,” said Andrew Liveris, Dow's Chairman and CEO, and president of ICCA.

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