World Science Day for Peace and Development 2020: The World Science Day for Peace and Development is observed on November 10 across the world. The day highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the public in debates on emerging scientific issues.
The Day aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It underlines the role scientists play in broadening the understanding of the planet.
History of World Science Day for Peace and Development
The World Science Day for Peace and Development was created as a follow-up to the World Conference on Science, organised jointly by UNESCO and the International Council for Science in Budapest (Hungary) in 1999.
Theme of World Science Day for Peace and Development
In 2020, at the time when the global COVID-19 pandemic further demonstrated the critical role of science in addressing global challenges, the focus of the World Science Day is on Science for and with Society. 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”.
Objectives of World Science Day for Peace and Development
• Strengthen public awareness on 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 and raising support for the scientific endeavour