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Durban, Republic of South Africa, 11 July 1998
The strategic thrusts designed to achieve these goals specifically include as an example, IUPAC's series of international conferences on Chemical Research Applied to World Needs Conferences (CHEMRAWN), which make a central contribution to the global issues of chemistry and society. Since 1971, these conferences have provided IUPAC an important mechanism for transcending pure science to address issues with important socio-political components. The next CHEMRAWN XII CONFERENCE ON AFRICAN FOOD SECURITY AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT - NEW SCIENTIFIC FRONTIERS, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya in 1999, pertains to these central issues.
IUPAC can also make a major contribution to DC education in the chemical sciences, as stated in IUPAC's long-range goals:
Indeed, the developed world has a major responsibility to help develop the scientific, educational and professional training infrastructure in DCs. IUPAC already pursues professional training programs in chemistry in developing countries, in fruitful collaboration with UNESCO.
IUPAC also seeks to directly foster the development of the chemical sciences in DCs. In many cases, IUPAC's initiative and scientific expertise have been leveraged with outside financial resources to produce valuable results. UNESCO's support of the UNESCO-UNIDO-IUPAC Program in Chemical Safety is one recent example.
The global progress of the chemical sciences and their future practical contributions to society depend on harnessing the best minds and efforts mankind can provide in both the developed and the developing world. We cannot afford to squander the human intellectual resources lost in nations which can not themselves provide the means, environment and richness of domestic and international contacts required for the full realization of their scientists' talents and their service to society.
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