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23.05.2011 -

Africa and the International Year of Chemistry

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This year’s Africa Week, organized by the African group of UNESCO Member States under the theme ‘Africa: Culture and Development of peace’, will take place on 23-27 May. The week will be concluded on 27 May with a conference on Africa and the International Year of Chemistry.

UNESCO is the leading UN Agency for International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011) together with our partner, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The goals of the Year are to increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, and to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry. Under the unifying theme 'Chemistry—our life, our future', IYC 2011 offers a range of interactive, entertaining, and educational activities for all ages.

One such activity is the Global Water Experiment: ‘Water, a Chemical Solution’, through which pupils of all ages are invited to analyze the quality of water and learn how to treat their local water sources.
On 22 March the Global Water Experiment was launched in Cape Town, South Africa, with a big splash. One thousand pupils aged 15 to 18 tested the local water, measuring salinity and acidity, and learning how it is filtered and distilled.

Ms Gretchen Kalonji, Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences, will be the speaker of the conference, and Mr Darge Wole, Deputy Permanente Delegate of Ethiopia to UNESCO, will be the moderator.

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