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EuChemS joins world Chemical Societies in signing joint agreement on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

On 9 July 2019, EuChemS, alongside the Presidents and representatives of chemical societies from across the globe, signed the Joint Framework Agreement on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in Paris, France. The event took place during the Forum for Chemical Society Presidents, in conjunction with the IUPAC World Congress.

The agreement, in recognition of the role the chemical sciences can play in addressing global challenges, aims to encourage and commit chemical societies around the world to cooperate in identifying solutions, locally and globally, using the SDGs as a guide, to such challenges. Solving such complex and multidimensional issues will indeed require the collaboration and joint effort between governments, industry, academia and non-governmental organisations.

Pilar Goya, EuChemS President signed the document on behalf of the European Chemical Society.

Pilar Goya, EuChemS President signs the joint agreement

The agreement will in turn be open to further signatories. If you are a representative of a European chemical society that has not signed the agreement and wish to do so, please contact: secretariat[at]euchems.eu. The agreement will also be available for signing at the upcoming EuChemS General Assembly in October in Bucharest, Romania.

The Joint Framework Agreement on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals reads:

The Joint Framework Agreement on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Paris, France, July 2019

Whereas, chemical sciences have the potential to play a pivotal role in enriching the future of Earth and its people and addressing global challenges will require a cooperative effort between governments, industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations;

Whereas, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a global framework established by the United Nations to address many of the most critical issues impacting our world. We, the undersigned, recognize the power of chemistry to achieve these goals and build a sustainable future for the benefit of humanity; and

Whereas, while each country or region will advance the SDGs based on their unique needs, collaboration will multiply the force and effect of these

efforts for the planet;

Therefore, be it resolved, the undersigned chemical societies commit to collaborating and identifying local solutions to global challenges – using the SDGs as a guide.

Presidents and representatives of chemical societies from around the world sign the joint agreement