On May, 6th, 1992, in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), the International Mathematical Union declared that the Year 2000 will be the World mathematical Year.
The Declaration of Rio sets three aims :
SPONSORSHIP of UNESCO
In its November 11, 1997 plenary meeting, the UNESCO General Conference followed the recommendations of Commission III and approved draft resolution 29 C/DR126 related to the World Mathematical Year 2000, allocating US $20,000 to this series of events.
The following 15 countries co-sponsored the draft resolution: Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Denmark, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Philippines, Netherlands, Russian Federation, Spain, Thailand, Uzbekistan.
The UNESCO resolution
The General Conference
Considering the central importance of mathematics and its applications in today's world with regard to science, technology, communications, economics and numerous other fields,
Aware that mathematics has deep roots in many cultures and that the most outstanding thinkers over several thousand years contributed significantly to their development, and numerous other fields,
Aware that the language and the values of mathematics are universal, thus encouraging and making it ideally suited for international cooperation,
Stressing the key role of mathematics education, in particular at primary and secondary school level, both for the understanding of basic mathematical concepts and for the development of rational thinking,
Welcomes the initiative of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) to declare the year 2000 the World Mathematical Year and carry out, within this framework, activities to promote Mathematics at all levels world-wide,
Decides to support the World Mathematical Year 2000 initiative,
Requests the Director General to collaborate with the international mathematics community in planning the World Mathematical Year 2000 and to contribute during 1998-1999 funds of $ 20.000 from the Regular Programme and Budget in support of preparatory activities.
In Memoriam Jacques-Louis Lions
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing away of Professor Jacques-Louis Lions on May 17 2001.
He was the first to have the idea in 1992 of the World Mathematic Year 2000 when he was the president of the IMU. After that his contribution to its success was considerable.