The Committee on Chemical Research Applied to World Needs, or CHEMRAWN, is a IUPAC Standing Committee that focuses on strategic activities in concert with the following six IUPAC goals:

  1. Address global issues
  2. Advance research through scientific discussion
  3. Assist industry towards sustainable development, wealth creation, and improvement of the quality of life
  4. Foster communication among chemists and organisations with special emphasis on needs in developing countries
  5. Enhance education and the application of chemistry globally
  6. Increase the diversity in IUPAC bodies

CHEMRAWN dates from 1973 with its major activity being the organization of a series of conferences. The CHEMRAWN Conferences, starting with CHEMRAWN I Future Sources of Organic Raw Materials, emphasize applications of chemical research and innovation to meet the needs of society and industry for sustainable development and elevating the quality of life. The CHEMRAWN XVII Greenhouse Gases: Mitigation and Utilization (Queen's University, Ontario, Canada, 8-12 July 2007) examined global issues of global warming while CHEMRAWN XVIII Ethics, Science and Development (Glasgow, Scotland, 3-4 August 2009) in conjunction with the 43rd IUPAC Congress.