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President's Report on the State of the Union
This address is presented by IUPAC President Prof.
Leiv K. Sydnes at the 43rd IUPAC Council Meeting on 20-21 August
2005 in Beijing, China.
According to the Unions statues (S6.23) the President
shall submit to each regular meeting of the Council a report on the
general state of the Union. The accurate meaning of the words
general state is not evident, but it is natural that this
report takes into account the contents of two related reports presented
at this meeting, viz. the Secretary Generals report which focuseson
the administrative aspects of the Union (agenda item 7), and the Vice
Presidents Critical Assessment (VPCA), which this time contains
a most thorough review, assessment, and analysis of our project system
(agenda item 11). The general state of the Union should
therefore be assessed with the Unions stakeholders in mind.
IUPACs stakeholders constitute an extremely complex group of
people, nations, regions, governmental institutions, professional
societies as well as national, regional and international organizations.
Within this group there are significant differences in the understanding
of chemistry and the awareness of the needs for and the purpose of
chemical products, secure handling of chemicals, and chemical management.
As a result the Union has to be sensitive and responsive to
formal requests and expectations from its members,
professional expectations from the scientific community,
adequate requests and questions from practicing
regulations and legal aspects in societies at different
levels of development,
curious as well as biased questions from lay people
and the general public,
unarticulated needs caused by natural processes,
accidents, and disasters involving chemicals.
Thus, the general state of the Union should be judged on the basis
of the organizations ability
to maintain an active, fruitful and democratic interaction between
its leadership (at all levels) and its membership,
to disseminate the results of the scientific and educational activities
as well as conclusions reached in discussions related to science policy,
to address and get engaged in important global issues, which involve
application of chemistry in the service of Mankind.
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