Proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in 2001, the World Science Day for Peace and Development is an annual event celebrated all over the world on November 10, tomorrow, to recall the commitment made at the UNESCO-ICSU World Conference on Science in Budapest 1999.


The purpose of the World Science Day for Peace and Development is to renew the national, as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society.

The World Science Day for Peace and Development also aims at raising public awareness of the importance of science and to bridge the gap between science and societies.

More than ever, in this new age of limited resources, we need to nurture the boundless energy and creativity of young women and men to tackle complex new challenges. Quality science education is vital for this, to lay the foundations for a more sustainable future for all.

We need concerted action today to halt the decline of enrolment of young people in science starting at an early age. It is not enough to put science in the school curriculum — we must build a supportive environment, by crafting educational policies that give equal access to girls and boys and by investing in laboratories and resources where they can take the lead.

We must recognize the importance of traditional and indigenous knowledge, while also harnessing new information and communication technologies for innovation and creativity. All of this is essential to foster more equitable and inclusive growth and to improve employ ability and entrepreneurial opportunities, while strengthening social resilience and health.

To these ends, UNESCO is working to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) into national development and education policies, in such countries as Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria and Seychelles.

We need new alliances to take our vision forward – across the United Nations system, with Member States, within and between societies. This is why, on this World Science Day for Peace and Development, UNESCO is launching with Roche and Nature Education the UNESCO World Library of Science — a free online resource for science learning, which contains hundreds of peer – reviewed articles, using text, pictures, illustrations and videos to make scientific concepts easy to understand.

Quality science education is a pillar for a more sustainable future – we must invest in it, to empower every woman and man, to catalyse the innovation and creativity we need for the century ahead.
Source: Public Agenda


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