On 1 December 2016, the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü and IUPAC President, Professor Natalia Tarasova, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) pledging to enhance cooperation to keep abreast of developments in chemistry, responsibility and ethics in science, and education and outreach.
Ambassador Üzümcü remarked, “Promoting responsible science is a crucial endeavour to advance the goals of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Without scientists, there is no disarmament. IUPAC’s unwavering commitment to a world permanently free of chemical weapons demonstrates the strength of this norm and the conviction of chemistry researchers and practitioners globally to protect it”.
Professor Tarasova expressed, “Through the cooperation between our organisations, we look to help humanity achieve Sustainable Development Goals in a world free of chemical weapons and in a world in which achievements in chemical science and technology are used only for the benefit of humankind and the environment”.
The MOU opens a new chapter and underscores the long-standing and productive relationship between OPCW and IUPAC.
Read more about IUPAC cooperation with OPCW in the President’s Column page 2 or see iupac.org News section.
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