The 2021 year marks the 20th edition of World Science Day for Peace and Development.
The objective of the day is to ensure that citizens are informed about developments in science. It also highlights the role that scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet and making our societies more sustainable.
World Science Day for Peace and Development: Theme
- 2021: Building Climate-Ready Communities
- 2020: Science for and with Society in dealing with the global pandemic
- 2019: Open Science, leaving no one behind
- 2018: Science, a Human Right
- 2017: Science for Global Understanding
- 2016: Celebrating Science Centres and Science Museums
- 2015: Science for a Sustainable Future
- 2014: Ensuring a sustainable future for all
- 2013: Science for Water Cooperation: Sharing Data, Knowledge and Innovations
- 2011: Towards green societies: equity, inclusiveness, participation
World Science Day for Peace and Development: History
The day was the positive outcome of the 1999 World Conference on Science in Budapest. Every year, it was considered an opportunity to reassert or reaffirm the commitment towards attaining the goals proclaimed in the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge. It also follows up on the recommendations of the Science Agenda: Framework for Action.
World Science Day for Peace and Development was proclaimed by UNESCO in 2001. Various concrete projects, programmes, and funding for science around the world have been generated. On 10 November 2002, the first World Science Day for Peace and Development was celebrated across the world under UNESCO’s auspices.
According to the UN:
- To strengthen awareness about the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies
- To promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries
- To draw attention to the challenges faced by science in raising support for the scientific endeavor
- To make new national and international commitments to the use of science that will benefit societies
- The day also provides an opportunity to show the general public the importance of science in their lives and to engage them in various discussions
- Science is not only a disciple of reason but also one of romance and passion. – Stephen Hawking
- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. – Carl Sagan
- Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. – Carl Sagan
- What you learn from a life in science is the vastness of our ignorance. – David Eagleman
- Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science. – Edwin Powell Hubble
- Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. – Albert Einstein
- The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
- You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself. – Galileo
- Science, like life, feeds on its own decay. New facts burst old rules; then newly divined conceptions bind old and new together into a reconciling law. – William James
- Science does not know its debt to imagination. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wishes and Messages:
- Wishing everyone a very Happy World Science Day for Peace and Development. Science has reshaped this world and we can use it to bring peace to everyone’s life.
- Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination. Happy World Science Day for Peace and Development.
- Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. Happy World Science Day for Peace and Development.
- We can use science for moving ahead in life and also for bringing peace to this world. Warm greetings on World Science Day for Peace and Development to all.
- Life is much better with science. On this day, I wish you Happy World Science Day for Peace and Development.