“The current crisis should serve as a wakeup call regarding the urgency for increased financing and support of scientific research and collaboration. This concerns not only the natural sciences, but also the social and human and sciences.” - Audrey Azoulay, Director General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
Celebrated annually on 10th of November, the World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) highlights the important role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. This day also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. 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.
In 2020, at the time when the global COVID-19 pandemic further demonstrated the critical role of science in addressing global challenges, the focus is on “Science for and with Society”. Throughout this unprecedented health crisis, UNESCO has endeavoured to bring science closer to society and to bolster the critically needed international scientific collaborations. From the science perspective, UNESCO’s response to COVID-19 is structured around three major pillars: promoting international scientific cooperation, ensuring access to water and supporting ecological reconstruction.
We, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), believe 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. Through the voices of young people, we would raise awareness on the importance of science and would advocate 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!
Science and technology have an undeniable impact on improving living standards and increasing productivity. Emerging technologies have the potential to provide additional impetus for advancing the SDGs and brings a unique perspective to the global search for peace and development.