Every year on 10 November the United Nations observe World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD). This day serves to raise awareness of the benefits of science world-wide and is also known as World Science Day.
At the 1999 World Conference on Science in Budapest, a recommendation was made to find a means to highlight the important role of science in society. UNESCO then 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 10 November 2002 and has been held annually on November 10 since then.
‘The day offers an opportunity to mobilize various partners to highlight the important role of science in society and to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues and the relevance of science in their daily lives,’ states the UNESCO website.
The theme for the 2014 World Science day for Peace and Development is promoting Quality Science Education: ensuring a sustainable future for all. For more information, visit the UNESCO website.