World Science Day for Peace and Development also known as World science Day is observed on 10 November with an aim to raise awareness of the benefits of science worldwide.
Observed on: 10 November
Organized by: UN, IFEX, UNESCO
Introduced in: 2002 (First Observance)
About World Science Day for Peace and Development
At a general conference in 2001, UNESCO established the World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) through a proclamation. This was done after the recommendation from the World Conference on Science in Budapest in 1999. It was first observed on 10 November 2002.
This day also known as World science Day. The observation aim to raise awareness of the benefits of science worldwide.
The purpose of the WSDPD is to renew the national, as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society. It also aims to raise awareness of the importance of science and to bridge the gap between science and societies.
Activities and Programs on World Science Day
This day is observed around the world with many activities and programs. Some programs are classroom discussions on importance of science and technology in one’s life, exhibitions and seminars to explain the importance, etc.
Governmental, non-governmental organizations, scientific research institutions, schools, universities, professional associations are organizing different programs to celebrate World Science Day. Social media campaign includes a hashtag #ScienceDay
Theme for World Science Day for Peace and Development
World Science Day for Peace and Development 2020 Theme is “Science for and with Society“
World Science Day for Peace and Development 2019 Theme was “Open Science, Leaving No One Behind“
World Science Day 2018 Theme was “Science, a Human Right“
2017 Theme: Science for Global Understanding
2016 Theme: Celebrating Science Centres and Science Museums
2015 Theme: Science for a Sustainable Future
2014 Theme: Quality Science Education: ensuring a sustainable future for all
2013 Theme: Science for Water Cooperation: Sharing Data, Knowledge and Innovations
2012 Theme: Science for global sustainability: interconnectedness, collaboration, transformation
2011 Theme: Towards green societies
2010 Theme: Science for the rapprochement of peoples and cultures
2009 Theme: Astronomy, in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy
2007 Theme: Investing in science: investing in knowledge
2003 Theme: Science as an instrument of peace