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IUPAC Strategic Plan -- 1998

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) was formed in 1919 by chemists from industry and academia. Over nearly eight decades the Union has succeeded in fostering worldwide communications in the chemical sciences and in uniting chemistry - academic, industrial and government - in a common language. IUPAC has long been recognized as the world authority on chemical nomenclature, terminology, standarized methods for measurement, atomic weights and many other critically evaluated data. The Union continues to sponsor major international meetings that range from specialized scientific symposia to CHEMRAWN meetings with societal impact. During the Cold War, IUPAC became an important instrument for maintaining scientific and technical dialogue among the world's chemists.

With the major changes that have occurred worldwide in chemistry and the chemical industry, it is important that IUPAC examine its activities and define its role as the organization principally responsible for promotion of the chemical sciences internationally. Following a series of meetings to obtain input from leaders in chemistry on four continents, IUPAC has 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.

Mission Statement
Long-Range Goals
Goals and Strategic Thrusts -- 1998-1999
Implementation and Updating of the Strategic Plan

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IUPAC Strategic Plan -- 2000-2001 (posted 28 Apr. 00)

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