Every year November 10 World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated. It is a day dedicated to highlight the importance of science in and for society. It is considered that science, peace and development are intimately related. The event underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.
One of the objectives of this day is to highlight the role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. Linking science with society ensures that citizens are informed of developments in science, and broadens our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet in which we live. This will make our society more sustainable.
The objectives of World Science Day for Peace and Development are:
1. Strengthen public awareness on the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies.
2. Promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries.
3. Renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies.
4. Draw attention to the challenges faced by science and raising support for the scientific endeavor.
According to Audrey Azoulay, General Director of UNESCO, This World Science Day for Peace and Development 2018, UNESCO urges everyone to exercise their human right to participate in and benefit from science. This right is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, but it is only when we use this right to join and support scientific endeavors that we can transition to stronger science and reinforce scientific culture in our societies.
The theme for 2018 is Science, a Human Right.