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.
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 "Open science, leaving no one behind". Open Science is not only an issue of science being open to the research community, as in “open access” and “open data” but refers to a science open to society. In spite of the progress made in recent years, we are still witnessing great disparities across and within different regions and different countries when it comes to accessing science, technology and innovation (STI) and enjoying their benefits. To address these disparities and close the existing STI gaps, Open Science is an important step in the right direction.
Open communication of the scientific data, results, hypotheses and opinions, lie at the very heart of scientific process. In this context, Open Science is the growing global movement to make scientific research and data accessible to all. Open Science has the potential to significantly increase scientific collaboration and discovery and to facilitate adoption of the well‐adapted technologies. It can be a game changer for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in Africa, developing countries, and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
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. Let us embrace open science as a tool for making science more accessible, scientific process more inclusive and the outputs of science more readily available for all!
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.