The advanced research training of scientists, especially young scientists, as well as university and pre-university teaching staff in chemistry, mathematics and physical sciences is pursued in strong collaboration with international specialized institutions.

Special attention is given to water chemistry, trace elements in water, green chemistry and courses on membrane electrochemistry. In order to promote quality science education worldwide, UNESCO and its partner, the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), needed to be able to propose low-cost experimental equipment that any country could afford. The Global Project on Microscience Experiments launched by UNESCO and IUPAC in 1996 answers this demand for cost-effective and safe laboratory experiments. The Trace Element Institute for UNESCO, an international centre for trace element research established in 1996 under the auspices of UNESCO, is also an important part of our programme.

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