Jung-Il Jin, the Immediate Past President of IUPAC and Professor at the Chemistry Department, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea, sais that for the first time in the 100-year history of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), the worldwide chemistry community will be celebrating throughout 2011 the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind.
At its 44th General Assembly in August 2007 in Torino, Italy, IUPAC unanimously approved a resolution in favor of the proclamation of 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011: www.chemistry2011.org). In April 2008, the UNESCO Executive Board recommended the adoption of such a resolution, submitted on behalf of IUPAC by Ethiopia. Subsequently, in December 2008, the UN General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry.
According to Jung-Il Jin, we, chemical scientists, should be aware that IYC 2011 will represent only the first, small step toward the Renaissance of Chemistry in the 21st century. We should be determined to continue to devote ourselves to generating creative chemical knowledge that is both relevant and useful for solving the problems faced by our global society. Let’s unite under the banner, Chemistry—our life, our future.
- Editorial: Significance of the International Year of Chemistry 2011,
Chem. Europ. J. 2011, 1.
- Cover of issue 1