Preface to the International Chemistry Declaration
On November, 15th 2002, Chemistry Day was officially proclaimed at the request of Foro Química y Sociedad (Chemistry and Society Forum). The organizations that made up Foro Química y Sociedad also prepared the Chemistry Declaration in order to highlight the enormous contribution of chemical science and chemical industry in many scientific and technological advances, as well as to the innovations that allow the progress of Humanity. Since then, the Chemistry Declaration has been signed by renowned personalities in the academic, research and industry fields.
In 2016, on the occasion of the celebration in Spain of the European Congress of Chemistry, the Chemistry Declaration was updated, again under the auspices of Foro Química y Sociedad, and subscribed by relevant personalities from different areas of Chemistry.
The proclamation by the General Assembly of the United Nations and UNESCO of the year 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of chemical elements, a fundamental contribution of Chemistry used by all branches of science, is also an acknowledgment of Chemistry as the basis of the advances in the different fields of Science and offers an excellent opportunity to adhere to the Chemistry Declaration.