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President's Report on the State of the Union

This address is presented by IUPAC President Prof. Pieter Steyn at the 42nd IUPAC Council Meeting on 16-17 Aug 2003 in Ottawa, Canada.

> Read the President's Column
published in Chem. Int. Nov 2003

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) was formed in 1919 by chemists from industry and academia. Over eight decades, the Union has succeeded in fostering worldwide communications in the chemical sciences and in uniting chemistry academic, industrial, and governmental – in a common language. IUPAC is recognized as the world authority on chemical nomenclature, terminology, standardized measurement methods, atomic weights, and other critically evaluated data. The Union sponsors major international meetings ranging from specialized scientific symposia to meetings with societal impact.

The year 2002 was a period of assessment of the changes initiated and implemented in 2000 and 2001. The changes in the IUPAC system allow the Union to be responsive to the current needs of chemistry. The scientific work of IUPAC is now focused on the ever changing needs of the global chemical community. The new project approval system continues to be effective, and there is increasing focus on chemistry and its impact on society, as well as on chemistry education. The Divisions now have an active role in project recruitment, assessment, approval, and implementation. The IUPAC website is a source of information for IUPAC activities, and is regularly updated with the most recent news and events.

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a) Development of a New Vision and Mission Statement, as well as Long-Range Goals for IUPAC
b) Improvement of the Governance Structure of IUPAC
c) Development of Policies by the Finance Committee
d) Billing of National Subscriptions in National Currencies



i) IUPAC will provide leadership as a worldwide scientific organization that objectively addresses global issues involving the chemical sciences.

a) Advice to the OPCW on the impact of scientific advances on the CWC
b) Environmental Activities in conjunction with ICSU

ii) IUPAC will facilitate the advancement of research in the chemical sciences through the tools it provides for international standardization and scientific discussion.

a) The naming of elements: name and symbol of element 110
b) The Management of IUPAC Projects

iii) IUPAC will assist chemistry-related industry in its contribution to sustainable development, wealth creation, and improvement in the quality of life.

iv) IUPAC will foster communication among individual chemists and scientific organizations, with special emphasis on the needs of chemists in developing countries.

a) IUPAC Conferences
b) The IUPAC Sponsorship of Conferences and Symposia
c) Publications of IUPAC
d) IUPAC's Electronic Communication

v) IUPAC will utilize its global perspective and network to contribute to the enhancement of chemistry education, the career development of young chemical scientists, and the public appreciation of chemistry.

a) Committee on Chemistry Education
b) Young Scientists Program
c) IUPAC Young Observers Program
d) The Award of the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists

vi) IUPAC will broaden its national membership base and will seek the maximum feasible diversity in IUPAC bodies with regard to geography, gender, and age.


a) Highlights of the current biennium
b) Challenges
c) Acknowledgements


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