WORLD SCIENCE DAY FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT: NOVEMBER 10, 2013

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

Name Language
World Science Day for Peace and Development English
Día Mundial de la Ciencia para la Paz y el Desarrollo Spanish

Alternative name

World Science Day

World Science Day for Peace and Development 2013 Theme: “Science for Water Cooperation, Sharing Data, Knowledge and Innovations”

Sunday, November 10, 2013

World Science Day for Peace and Development 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

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.©iStockphoto.com/kali9

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 for Peace and Development Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Sun Nov 10 2002 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Mon Nov 10 2003 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Wed Nov 10 2004 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Thu Nov 10 2005 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Fri Nov 10 2006 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Sat Nov 10 2007 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Mon Nov 10 2008 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Tue Nov 10 2009 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Wed Nov 10 2010 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Thu Nov 10 2011 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Sat Nov 10 2012 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Sun Nov 10 2013 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Mon Nov 10 2014 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Tue Nov 10 2015 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Thu Nov 10 2016 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Fri Nov 10 2017 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Sat Nov 10 2018 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Sun Nov 10 2019 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Tue Nov 10 2020 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance

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