World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) is an annual event celebrated worldwide every 10th of November. It highlights the important role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.
By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development 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.
The objectives of World Science Day for Peace and Development are to strengthen public awareness on the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies; promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries; renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies and draw attention to the challenges faced by science and raising support for the scientific endeavour.
The theme for this year is “Science for Global Understanding”. Global understanding is key to peace and sustainable development in that it promotes the commitment of individuals and local communities in sharing knowledge for actions and behavioural change. Science is thus central to global understanding as it not only helps us understand the world and each other, but it also assists in designing, developing and implementing the change we aim for.
The World Assembly of Youth (WAY) believes that the purpose of the World Science Day for Peace and Development is to renew the nation, 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.
World Assembly of Youth wishes you a happy World Science Day for Peace and Development!