World Science Day for Peace and Development 2020: Significance, theme & history

World Science Day for Peace and Development 2020: Significance, theme & history

New Delhi (NVI): World Science Day for Peace and Development is observed on November 10 every year to raise the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.

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

This Day 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.

As the world is struggling COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of World Science Day is on “Science for and with Society in dealing with the global pandemic.”

Notably, the first World Science Day for Peace and Development was celebrated worldwide on November 10, 2002, under UNESCO auspices. Since its proclamation by UNESCO in 2001, this Day has generated many concrete projects, programs, and funding for science around the world.

The event is the positive outcome of the 1999 World Conference on Science in Budapest. It was considered as an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment to attaining the goals proclaimed in the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge every year. It was also required to follow up on the recommendations of the Science Agenda: Framework for Action.

-CHK