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World Science Day for Peace and Development

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:

  • Open days to highlight science’s important role in peace and development.
  • Classroom discussions to emphasize how science and technology affect daily life.
  • Distributing the WSDPD posters throughout tertiary institutions, school campuses, and public venues.
  • Arranged science museum visits to commemorate the day.
  • Visits to local schools on careers in science or scientific presentations.

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 Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010WedNov 10World Science DayUnited Nations observance
2011ThuNov 10World Science DayUnited Nations observance
2012SatNov 10World Science DayUnited Nations observance
2013SunNov 10World Science DayUnited Nations observance
2014MonNov 10World Science DayUnited Nations observance
2015TueNov 10World Science DayUnited Nations observance
2016ThuNov 10World Science DayUnited Nations observance
2017FriNov 10World Science DayUnited Nations observance
2018SatNov 10World Science DayUnited Nations observance
2019SunNov 10World Science DayUnited Nations observance
2020TueNov 10World Science DayUnited Nations observance

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