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IUPAC President Publicizes the IYC

International Year of Chemistry Set for Year 2011

May 1, 2009

IUPAC President Jung-Il Jin spent much of January 2009 traveling the globe to publicize and plan for the celebration of 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on 19 December 2008. After meetings in Cairo and Frankfurt, the most notable stop on Jin’s tour was a meeting with UN Secretary General Ki-Moon Ban on January 17 at UN Headquarters in New York City.

During the meeting, Jin thanked Ban for his cooperation and help in the promulgation of the IYC proclamation and took the opportunity to explain the history of IUPAC and its recent activities. The secretary general stated that aside from the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Department of Economics and Social Affairs (DESA) is the best suited UN department for IUPAC to work with in many areas, including sustainable development.

Jin asked Ban if he would consider delivering a special lecture at the August 2011 IUPAC General Assembly and Chemistry Congress, to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ban has demonstrated an understanding of the importance of basic sciences and also a keen interest in environmental protection, energy-related matters, and preservation of natural resources. According to Jin, the secretary general responded positively to the invitation.

Read more at Chemistry International, May-June 2009.