World Science Day for Peace and Development
Celebrated every 10 November since 2001, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the important 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.
This year's theme is Science for Global Understanding. Global understanding is key to peace and sustainable development in that it promotes the commitment of individuals and local communities in sharing knowledge for actions and behavioural change. Science is thus central to global understanding as it not only helps understand the world and each other, but also assists in designing, developing and implementing the change we aim for.
The Day offers the opportunity to mobilize all actors around the topic of science for peace and development – from government officials to the media to school pupils. Different organisations worldwide are celebrating World Science Day for Peace and Development with a range of events, such as a scientist discussion at Sri Venkateswara University in India, or a round table in Tunis on sustainable development.
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 in making our societies more sustainable.