International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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IYC 2011 - International Launching Ceremony

Activity by Rovani Sigamoney   |   added on Jan 25, 2010   |   International Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): IUPAC, UNESCO, Arkema, BASF, CEA, CEFIC, Clariant, Dow, Elsevier, EPCA, European Patent Organisation, L'Oreal Foundation, Phosagro, Rhodia, Sanofi-Aventis, SNF, Solvay, Total, Withers&Rogers

An opening ceremony for the International Year of Chemistry will be held in Paris, at the UNESCO HQ, under the aegis of the UN, UNESCO, and IUPAC.


UNESCO has compiled an index collecting videos and photos from the Launch Ceremony are as follows:

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In December 2008, the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution proclaiming 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011).  Ethiopia, supported by many other countries, submitted the UN resolution after a bid endorsed in August 2007 by the IUPAC Council, drawing attention to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, 2005-2014.  The resolution underscores that national and international activities carried out during 2011 should emphasize the importance of Chemistry for sustainable development in all aspects of human life.

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) have been placed at the helm of this global event.  They strongly believe that it is time to celebrate the achievements of Chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind.  For this purpose a wide range of IYC 2011 events are planned, all focusing on achieving four key goals:

  • Increase public appreciation of Chemistry in meeting world needs.
  • Encourage an interest in Chemistry among young people.
  • Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of Chemistry.
  • Celebrate the achievements of Marie Curie and the contributions of women to Chemistry.

The Official International Launch Ceremony for IYC 2011 will take place at UNESCO World Headquarters in Paris on 27-28 January 2011, under the aegis of the UN, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), and the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry).

The agenda for this exciting cornerstone activity includes an international seminar, an exhibition, and other related social and cultural events.  Attendance is by invitation only.

IYC 2011 presents a unique opportunity to promote, celebrate, and advance Chemistry in all of its beneficial aspects.  The influence of IYC 2011 will extend long after the program of events for the year has ended.  The year 2011 itself will be the point from which the Chemists of the world can refocus sustainable world environments in which we all must live together.  IUPAC and UNESCO eagerly anticipate working with you to reach this important goal.

Prof. Nicole J. Moreau, President of IUPAC

Julia Hasler, UNESCO Focal Point, IYC-2011

Topic: nutrition, health, materials, energy, environment Audience: general public, educators, decision makers, professional chemists


Fabienne Meyers | Feb 02, 2011 02:59PM


Make sure to watch this video "Chemistry: It's All About You" @ It has been prepared by EPCA, the European Petrochemical Association, in support of IYC2011. 
Fabienne Meyers | Mar 29, 2011 03:43PM

For a great collection of photos, here is the link to the photo reportage prepared by Anges ANNE.

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