Date: Thursday, 10 November 2022; 21st Anniversary.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
The World Science Day for Peace and Development is annually celebrated for four purposes:
- To strengthen public awareness of the role of science in promoting sustainable development and paving the way for peaceful societies;
- To promote national and international solidarity for shared science between nations;
- To renew local and international commitment for the use of scientific knowledge and technology to benefit societies;
- To draw attention to the challenges faced by science in raising support for the scientific endeavor.
The first World Science Day for Peace and Development was officially held on November 10, 2002.
The Day was initially proposed in 1999, by the delegations of Ethiopia and Malawi, at the World Conference on Science in Budapest, Hungary.
In November 2001, the 31st Session of the UNESCO General Conference officially proclaimed 10 November of each year World Science Day for Peace and Development (UNESCO31/Resolution 20).
How to observe the Day
Since 2002, the World Science Day for Peace and Development has generated many projects, programs and funding for science around the world. It has also helped foster cooperation between scientists living in different regions.
Individuals, institutions, and organizations around the world are highly encouraged to organize a range of events or activities, such as conferences, lectures, seminars, group discussions and social media campaigns, on the Day to promote public awareness of the role and importance of science.
Each year a specific theme is selected by the UN as the focus of celebration.
Annual theme in recent years:
2021 theme: “Building climate-ready communities”.
2020 theme: “Science for and with society in dealing with COVID-19”.
2019 theme: “Open science, leave no one behind”.
2018 theme: “Science, a human right”.
2017 theme: “Science for global understanding”.
2016 theme: “Celebrating science centers and science museums”.