ACS Chemistry Enterprise Partnerships & U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is focusing collaborative partnerships with sister chemical societies around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Chemistry Enterprise Partnerships (CEPs). CEPs outline how the ACS will collaborate with a partner organization/sister chemical society.  

The U.N. SDGs and ACS CEPs

Chemistry will play a critical part addressing many of the global challenges we face today. Each of the American Chemical Society’s Chemistry Enterprise Partnerships (CEPs) center around one or more U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In utilizing the SDGs as a partnership framework, ACS and our partners are prepared to focus collaborative activities, and create a larger impact on chemistry while also advancing the 2030 Agenda for a more sustainable world. For more information on ACS’s role in contributing to the U.N. SDGs, please visit the ACS Green Chemistry Institute.

While the chemical sciences can be used to address all of the SDGs, below are a few highlighted Goals that ACS has identified that the Society and its partner organizations might have the greatest impact at addressing through collaborative activities:

  • Goal 2: Zero Hunger - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  • Goal 3: Good Health & Well-Being - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  • Goal 4: Quality Education - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. 
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  • Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
  • Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
  • Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  • Goal 13: Climate Action - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Joint Framework Agreement on the U.N. SDGs

During the 47th IUPAC World Congress in July 2019, 16 leaders of international chemical societies came together to sign the Joint Framework Agreement on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These chemical societies agreed to advance the SDGs through collaboration in the field of chemistry.

Full text of the Joint Framework Agreement (PDF)

Additional signatories joined these chemical societies in signing the Joint Framework Agreement during the Federation of African Chemical Societies Meeting and the Asian Chemical Congress later in 2019. You can find a full list of signatories below.

Original signatories from left to right: Sonsoles Martin-Santamaria (Spain), Mohamed Chehimi (Tunisia), Floris Rutjes (Netherlands), Joaquim Faria (Portugal), Pilar Goya (EuChemS), Maki Kawai (Japan), Vicky Gardiner (Australia), Angela Agostiano (Italy), Marc Taillefer (France), Luis Echegoyen (USA), Wolfram Koch (Germany), Ian Jobe (Canada), Peter Mallon (South Africa), Robert Parker (U.K.), Zhigang Shuai (China), Matthias Urmann (Germany)

Current Signatories