Sustainable development and the chemical elements: Chemical elements from the perspective of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

16 May 2019

The United Nations (UN) proclaimed 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. The UN recognises the importance of raising global awareness around chemistry. This includes chemistry’s role in solving global challenges within the energy, agriculture, health and other critical sectors.

Because of the wealth of possible topics, the NSTF Discussion Forums focus on specific topics related to chemistry and the periodic table. This event will view chemical elements from the perspective of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The following questions may be addressed:

*   What are the issues related to minerals in energy, water, food, education and economic sustainability?

*   What does this tell us about minerals that have to be mined or imported?

*   What does it tell us about nutrition and public awareness around healthy eating?

*   How can science teachers relate the elements in the periodic table to their applications and importance?

*   What opportunities are there for growing particular industries?


Harnessing the South African Chemical Sector for contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals

Dr Mahlori Mashimbye, Director: Chemical and Related Industries, Department of Science and Technology

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Critical/Strategic Elements: Metals, Minerals and Materials, a geologist's perspective

Dr Paul Nex, Associate Professor: University of the Witwatersrand

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Essential mineral elements for health

Ms Nathalie Mat, Nathalie Mat Dietitians

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Sustainable use of fertilisers - a closer look at NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium)

Mr Harry Dube, Directorate: Agriculture Inputs Control, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)

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South Africa's skills position for achieving sustainable development: What is feasible for driving pharmaceutical or vaccine production industry?

Dr Palesa Sekhejane, Research Specialist: Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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From Chemistry's Big Bang to One-World Chemistry - Implications for Chemistry Education

Prof John Bradley, Honorary Professor: University of the Witwatersrand

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