The World Science Day for Peace and Development is observed each year on November 10. World Science Day for Peace and Development also offers the opportunity to mobilize all parties related to science from governments to school pupils. The day is also celebrated to inform world citizens of new scientific developments and brings the role of scientists to center-stage.

United nations’s main objectives of celebrating the day are:

  1. To strengthen public awareness of the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies;
  2. To promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries;
  3. To renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies;
  4. To draw attention to the challenges faced by science in raising support for the scientific endeavour.

This year’s theme: Building Climate Ready Communities

With climate change posing a serious threat to the lives of billions of people on our planet, this year’s celebration will highlight the importance of ‘Building Climate-Ready Communities’. This will bring science closer to society by highlighting some key scientific aspects and possible solutions provided by science, technology and innovation to some of the major global challenges our society faces in today’s day and age.

History

The first World Science Day for Peace and Development was celebrated worldwide on 10 November 2002. Since then, the event has comitted to science and society to attain goals proclaimed in the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge and to follow up the recommendations of the Science Agenda: Framework for Action.

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