World Science Day
When is World Science Day?
World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) is a holiday dedicated to promoting science and its numerous global benefits. Better known as World Science Day, the holiday is celebrated every November 10th.
In 1999, the United Nations’ World Conference on Science was held in Budapest, Hungary to discuss the need to fill the gaps between society and science. While global scientific advances had long been credited for improving lives, the United Nations recognized a few problems. First, a lack of awareness for the role of science decreased the appreciation for professionals in the field. In some parts of the world, this caused a lack of prevalence for scientists because governments didn’t support their efforts. Another problem was the lack of education for potential future scientists.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially established WSDPD in 2001, and the holiday was first recognized on November 10, 2002. UNESCO has kept every World Science Day to November 10th every year. In addition, UNESCO holds the World Science Forum every two years, which occurs near November 10th.
Types of Celebrations
World Science Day is celebrated in numerous ways. Communities that aren’t traditionally heavy in the sciences may choose to host conferences and free events to raise awareness. Science museums across the world are often big participants, with some offering free admission on the holiday. Special exhibits tailored to the peace-keeping abilities of science may also be used.
Since UNESCO is particularly concerned about promoting science education for future generations, many teachers choose to celebrate World Science Day in the classroom. Instructors may host special lectures on WSDPD, as well as fun experiments to get children involved. If the holiday falls on a weekend, then the holiday may be celebrated on the closest weekday when class is in session.
Scientists and students may also choose to celebrate key scientific advances during this holiday. The impact of global warming on the environment is just one example of a worldwide concern that science aims to address every day. This helps keep the peace because there is less of a fight over natural resources when solutions are found.
Promoting Science for Life
On a global scale, World Science Day is ultimately the focus of peace measures on the part of UNESCO. Science and technology have improved quality of life as well as longevity, but there are still many opportunities to promote peace. The United Nations continues to have an emphasis on promoting natural resources for all, as well as for scientific advancements to make everyday living “greener.”
World Science Day is not only meant to educate the public, but it is also used to promote science to better societies across the globe. This is especially important in communities where science is not well understood. There is also an important mission to create more scientists in nations where there is a lack thereof—in the long-term, this will ultimately promote cooperation among world scientists in their discoveries.
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