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World Science Day for Peace and Development

World Science Day for Peace and Development

Every year November 10th is celebrated as World Science Day for Peace and Development. This was established by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2001 with the objective of highlighting role and importance of science in our society and our daily lives.

The theme for the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2019 is "Open Science, leaving no one behind.''

Key Points:

  • It aims to strengthen public awareness of the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies.
  • It promotes national and  international solidarity for shared science between countries.
  • It draws attention to the challenges that are faced by science and raising support for scientific endeavour.
  • It also focuses on renewing national and international commitment for use of science for the benefit of societies.
  • The celebrations will include:
  1. UNESCO Campus: a conversation on Open Science with school students, UNESCO Permanent Delegations and other partner organizations.
  2. Policy Roundtable on Open Science: Discussion with experts and policymakers on the benefits and challenges of “opening science to society” and “opening the society to science”.
  3.  Moderated dialogue on Open Science with scientists and innovators that have benefited from Open Science.
  • It will also include the award-giving ceremony of the PhosAgro/IUPAC/UNESCO grants in green chemistry for the young scientists, who aim to support green chemistry solutions and encourage them to get involved in this field. The grants programme is a part of the PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC Partnership in Green Chemistry for Life.

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