02.06.2017 - ODG

“We need chemistry to move forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” says the Director-General


On 2 June, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova participated in the award ceremony of the winners of the PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC grants for research projects in Green Chemistry proposed by young scientists. The event was held in St Petersburg, Russia, within the framework of the 21st St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 21).

The award ceremony took place in the presence of Dr Andrey Guryev, Chief Executive Officer of PhosAgro, and Professor Natalia Tarasova, President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

“We need chemistry to move forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to eradicate poverty, to mitigate the impacts of climate change, for human rights and dignity. This calls for innovation at every level and in all associated processes,” declared the Director-General. “This is why our partnership with PhosAgro and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, is so important, to support the creativity and innovation of young scientists, guided by the Principles of Green Chemistry.”

“Today I call on all young researchers to be bold, to go out and make new discoveries, to shape a better future for the whole of humanity,” continued the Director-General.

The grant winners are from Argentina, Pakistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tunisia, Belgium, Nigeria and Spain. These grants were awarded within PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC Partnership in Green Chemistry for Life that was launched by the three partners in 2013 as a follow up to the International Year of Chemistry.

The Partnership in Green Chemistry for Life is an exemplary alliance generously sponsored by the large industrial company-PhosAgro, and carried out by UNESCO in co-operation with IUPAC. The united efforts by the three partners are focused on green chemistry, the contribution of which is nowadays indispensable for the protection of the environment and human health and for the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


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