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12 Aug 2015 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

IUPAC’s role in achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – 2015 WCLM

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The World Chemistry Leadership Meeting (WCLM) is an integral part of the IUPAC General Assembly. It offers a platform for representatives from National Adhering Organizations (NAOs), including presidents of chemical societies, regional chemical federations, industry trade associations from across the world, to meet and discuss emerging and pressing issues of global concern.

Pressures of population growth and climate change throughout the world, as well as the opportunities offered by the development of the new era of global interaction have led to the understanding of the need to redefine the role of the scientific and industrial professional communities in addressing and partaking in the debate on sustainable development and offer suitable solutions relevant to all walks of life.

As a result the 2015 WCLM will aim to address the relevant environmental/socio-economic issues raised in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and examine the contribution that the Chemistry community can make to realize them in a sustainable way.

This year WCLM aims to facilitate the specific involvement of Young Observers (YOs). It will be an exciting forum for exchange o f ideas and views about the way chemistry-based scientists can assist in fulfilling the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The YOs and invited leaders will have the opportunity to discuss and identify gaps in existing knowledge and practice of chemical science and how to address these goals. IUPAC calls on the NAOs to invite YOs to participate in the WCLM program which will be as follows:

  • Monday Evening, August 10
    Reception for YOs hosted by IUPAC Divisions and Committees to introduce the WCLM activities.
  • Tuesday Morning, August 11
    YO teams will work IUPAC volunteers to develop their ideas into a presentation for the WCLM
  • Wednesday Morning, August 12 – Event flyer pdf WCLM_flyer_v150803

Leader Presentations: (update 3 Aug 2015)

– Professor Yuan-Tseh Lee, Nobel Laureate, Taiwan

– Dr. Hubert Mandery, Director general, European Chemical Industry Council

– Professor Javier Garcia Martinez, Chief Scientist, Rive Technology, University of Alicante, Spain

Presentations from YO Teams

Group Discussion and identification of highest priority tasks


Post-GA Activities
Outcomes from the WCLM will be used to drive the actions of a newly formed IUPAC-UN SDG Working Group as a means to develop interdisciplinary projects. YOs will be encouraged to participate in this working group and in newly formed project teams.

> link to 2015 GA General information & Schedule
> link to originating project 2015-004-1-020