World Science Day for Peace and Development

Celebrated every November 10, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. 

World Science Day for Peace and Development was proclaimed by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2001 (UNESCO 31 C/Resolution 20). 

The Day highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues.

The main objectives in celebrating this day include the promotion of national and international solidarity for shared science between countries; the renewal of national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies; and drawing attention to the challenges faced by science in raising support for the scientific endeavor.

On the other hand, the celebration has been established to raise the public’s awareness on the progress achieved in the scientific field and to increase knowledge on our planet and on how to make our societies more sustainable. 

Science is a force for positive transformation and a development multiplier. One of the goals is to bridge the gap between society and science, which is often considered as something mysterious and out of reach by the general public, in order to make science an instrument for peace among people. 

To celebrate the 2020 World Science Day, UNESCO will organize an online roundtable on the theme of “Science for and with Society in dealing with COVID-19.”

Throughout this unprecedented health crisis, UNESCO and other agencies in the field of science endeavor to bring science closer to society and bolster the critically-needed international scientific collaborations. 

From the science perspective, UNESCO’s response to COVID-19 is structured around three major pillars: promoting international scientific cooperation, ensuring access to water and supporting ecological reconstruction.

The Day offers an opportunity to mobilize all actors around the topic of science for peace and development – from government officials to the media to school children.