For what purpose do I exist on this planet? Human beings are “born to do good, to build up the society, to keep tranquility and development of our world.” It is the natural duty of every one of us. If you are talented or a scientist, please be aware that the world needs skilled people and scientists. Science can effectively help our society and planet to maintain peace and development.
Why am I talking about these things? We celebrate the “World Science Day for Peace and Development” on November 10. I wish you to be aware of this special day. I share with you the intentions and background of the “World Science Day for Peace and Development.”
World Science Day for Peace and Development is an international day that highlights the important role of science in society and is celebrated each year on November 10. It also highlights the need to engage the broader public in debates on emerging scientific issues.
It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.
By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and making our societies more sustainable.
The purpose of the Day is to:
- Strengthen public awareness of the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies;
- Promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries;
- Renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies;
- Draw attention to the challenges faced by science in raising support for the scientific endeavor.
The day offers the opportunity to mobilize all actors around science for peace and development – from government officials to the media to school pupils. UNESCO strongly encourages all to join in celebrating World Science Day for Peace and Development by organizing your own event or activity on the day.
The theme for the 2021 World Science Day for Peace and Development is ‘Building Climate-Ready Communities.’
The year marks the 20th edition of World Science Day for Peace and Development. With climate change becoming a serious threat to the lives of billions of people and the planet, this year’s celebration will highlight the importance of “Building Climate-Ready Communities.”
The objective is to bring science closer to society by highlighting some key scientific aspects and possible solutions provided by science, technology and innovation to some of the significant global challenges society faces today.
The event will build on the findings of the UNESCO Science Report. It will kick off with a keynote speech introducing some of the key challenges in building climate-ready communities. A panel discussion on climate solutions will follow this.
The Day will be an opportunity to present the winner of the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for Science Popularization.