World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated annually on November 10th. The mission of the event is to demonstrate how science helps the development of society and the world, as many discoveries have led to economic development, a reduction in poverty, an improved food system, and increased access to education. The holiday was founded to show the importance of investing in science and to encourage student involvement.
At the end of the 20th century, the first World Conference dedicated to science was held in Hungary. During the conference, the delegations unanimously agreed that society required education in the field of science. Representatives of the UN and the International Council for Science adopted a resolution to organize a special event dedicated to science, with the goal of popularizing scientific literacy. The plan that was prepared, known as “Science Agenda – Framework for Action”, was approved and the World Science Day for Peace and Development was created.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, there has been active work to establish communication between society and various scientific fields. People have been informed about scientific achievements, environmental problems, and how to change their lifestyles to become more environmentally friendly and safe.
- The first World Science Day for Peace and Development was celebrated in 2002, and many government and public organizations, research centers, and educational institutions took part.
- The holiday is organized and held under the auspices of UNESCO.
- The UNESCO headquarters are located in Paris.
- The US has left UNESCO twice – once in the 1980s and again in 2017.
- UNESCO supports many international events such as Teacher’s Day and International Women’s Day.
How to take part
Students can participate in competitions or attend scientific exhibitions, public speaking events, and more. These can be held online or offline. It is not a competition, but an opportunity to gain new experience, develop further, and expand knowledge. Another way to take part is to join a scientific course. Today, scientific literacy is available to everyone, with courses available for students of different ages and programs on various topics. Joining a scientific community, many of which have virtual offices, is another way to take part.
When is World Science Day for Peace and Development celebrated in 2023?
World Science Day for Peace and Development is observed on November 10 each year.