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IUPAC-AAPAC Joint Meeting on Chemistry in the Development of Africa
Durban, Republic of South Africa, 11 July 1998
IUPAC and Chemistry in Developing Countries
by Prof. Dr. Joshua Jortner
A Five-Point Plan for IUPAC
The central role of chemistry in many recent scientific, technological,
economic, and food/health/energy/environment-related developments
enables IUPAC, its constituent organizations and their members to
make significant intellectual and practical contributions towards
five important goals:
- Strengthening access in DCs to international
information and research networks in chemistry and related fields.
- Strengthening capacity of DCs for chemical
- Strengthening human chemistry-related
resources in DCs, particularly in chemical education.
- Strengthening the ability of DCs to adapt
recent scientific and technological advances to local conditions
- Strengthening cooperation with Regional
Academies in DCs.
Regarding the last point, perhaps because of my personal experience
as President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, I regard
National Academies as a strong, often underutilized, force for wise
policy-making. Regional Academies, where they exist, should be strengthened
as useful catalysts for international cooperation.
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