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World Science Day for Peace and Development

Quick Facts

The World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) is celebrated on November 10 each year.

Local names

NameLanguage
World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentEnglish
Día Mundial de la Ciencia para la Paz y el DesarrolloSpanish
עולם יום המדע למען שלום ופיתוחHebrew
اليوم العالمي للعلم لصالح السلام والتنميةArabic
평화와 발전을위한 세계 과학의 날Korean
Welttag der WissenschaftGerman

Alternative name

World Science Day

World Science Day for Peace and Development 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

World Science Day for Peace and Development 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
List of dates for other years

The World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) is annually held on November 10 to raise awareness of the benefits of science worldwide. The WSDPD is also known as World Science Day.

The World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) celebrates the benefits of science worldwide.

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What do people do?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) works with people, government agencies and organizations to promote the WSDPD each year. The WSDPD celebrations include:

Some governments have, in the past, used World Science Day to publicly affirm their commitment to increased support for scientific initiatives that help society, as well as launch new science policy programs together with scientific institutions, civil society, universities and schools.

Public life

The WSDPD is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

It was recommended at the World Conference on Science in Budapest in 1999 recognition was required for the need for a new compact between science and society. It was discussed at the conference that a World Science Day would help strengthen commitments to attain the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge’s goals and to pursue the Science Agenda: Framework for Action’s recommendations.

Following the World Conference on Science, UNESCO established the WSDPD through a proclamation at a general conference in 2001. The WSDPD was to be served a reminder of the organization’s mandate and commitment to science. The day was first celebrated on November 10, 2002 and has been held annually on November 10 since then.

Symbols

Various images promoting science and technology are seen in World Science Day posters. The UNESCO logo is also seen on promotional material associated with the day. The logo features the words “UNESCO” pictured as part of a temple building or structure. The words “United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization” are presented underneath this image.

World Science Day for Peace and Development Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SunNov 102002World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
MonNov 102003World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 102004World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
ThuNov 102005World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
FriNov 102006World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
SatNov 102007World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
MonNov 102008World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
TueNov 102009World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 102010World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
ThuNov 102011World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
SatNov 102012World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
SunNov 102013World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
MonNov 102014World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
TueNov 102015World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
ThuNov 102016World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
FriNov 102017World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
SatNov 102018World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
SunNov 102019World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
TueNov 102020World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
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