The Special Development Fund helps IMU to fulfill the important obligation of helping developing countries within the framework of mathematical research. The means of the Fund, which go unreduced to mathematicians from developing countries, are used primarily for travel grants to young mathematicians, to make it possible for them to participate in International Congresses of Mathematicians. The Executive Committee of IMU elects an international committee to distribute the grants.

Means to the Special Development Fund come from donations. Donations can be sent, at any time and in any convertible currency, to the following account:

Account no. 0862-656208-21

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Stadtfiliale Zürich-Rigiplatz

Universitätstrasse 105

CH-8033 Zürich

Switzerland

The following contributions have been received in the years 1994-1997:

1994American Mathematical Society US $ 30.550,06 Mathematical Society of Japan US $ 18.881,11 Royal Society US $ 4.477,00 Com. Nat. Frac. Math., France US $ 3.404,86 CNPq, Brazil US $ 6.944,441995American Mathematical Society US $ 33.227,89 CNPq, Brazil US $ 10.000,00 London Mathematical Society US $ 3.263,121996American Mathematical Society US $ 31.807,41 London Mathematical Society US $ 3.639,601997Societe Mathematique de France and Societe des Math. Appl.et Ind. US $ 2.341,81 American Mathematical Society US $ 30.872,76 CNPq, Brazil US $ 9.708,05 Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences US $ 265,95 London Mathematical Society US $ 3.121,05

Applications to hold the ICM 2002 has been received from Norway and China. The Site Committee, consisting of the EC members and Prof. M. Groetschel, has decided to recommend to the next General Assembly that the Congress should be held in China. This decision was taken under the fundamental assumption that all mathematicians of the world will be allowed to participate in the meeting. Thus, the Executive Committee expects that the final vote at the General Assembly will take into account the importance of the host country to abide by ICSU's principle of free circulation of scientists.

World Mathematical Year 2000

The IMU Executive Committee has decided to ask for bids from international publishers. The bids should address the following items:

1. Expected retail price;

2. quality of printing;

3. Number of books in the first edition;

4. Free copies for authors and for IMU;

5. Percentage of income from sales as copy rights to IMU

The following authors have given IMU their preliminary acceptance to contribute to "Mathematics Tomorrow:

M. Atiyah

A. Baker

J. Bourgain

S.-S. Chern

A. Connes

G. Debreu

M. Freedman

I. Gelfand

V. Jones

D. A. Kazhdan

M. Kontsevich

P. Lax

M. Lighthill

P-L. Lions

Y. Manin

G. Margulis

A. Majda

B. Mazur

S. Mori

D. Mumford

S. Novikov

R. Penrose

K. Roth

D. Ruelle

P. C. Sarnak

I. Singer

S. Smale

R. Stanley

C. Taubes

A. Wiles

E. Witten

S.T. Yau

E. Zelmanov

The EC decided to recommend to the next General Assembly, the following

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1. For the purpose of facilitating jointly sponsored activities and jointly pursuing the objectives of the IMU, multi-national mathematical societies and professional societies can be affiliated with the Union.

2. The members of the Union shall elect the affiliate members by Postal Ballots or at meetings of the General Assembly upon recommendation of the EC. The affiliation may be terminated by the same procedure.

3. Affiliate members have the right to participate in the General Assembly but shall have no voting rights.

4. Such affiliate members have the right to submit proposals for joint activities to the General Assembly and to the President and Secretary for consideration of the Executive Committee.

5. The Executive Committee, with the support of the Adhering Organizations and National Committees, shall look for ways to keep close relations with the affiliated organizations and to enhance mathematical activities in their regions. They shall receive the Bulletin of the IMU and be kept informed of all activities relevant to them.

Professor Olli Lehto, who was the Secretary of IMU in the eighties, wrote a book on the history of the Union. This is an invaluable contribution in many ways: besides its historical character, it is also a relevant document in explaining the scenario of cooperation in mathematics in the turn of this century and how IMU was created. It will certainly help to promote IMU and to make it more visible to present day mathematicians.