World Science Day for Peace and Development
Science has always been used as a tool for remarkable innovations that have contributed greatly to the benefit of mankind. Over the past centuries we have witnessed unprecedented advances in the sciences that have irrefutably led to an increase in life expectancy, a rise in agricultural output in response to growing population needs and technological developments encouraging new methods of communication.
World Science Day for Peace and Development is an annual observance that takes place on the tenth of November of every year, as declared by UNESCO in 2001 (Resolution 31C/ 20), affirming the relevance of science in society and recognizing the need to encourage public discussions on emerging scientific issues.
Furthermore, this day provides an opportunity to mobilize all actors related to the subject of science for peace and development and emphasizes the role that scientists play in enhancing the understanding of the realities of a human centered society and aspects of global issues that may affect it to create a more prosperous and sustainable society.
Moreover, the celebration of this day highlights the vital relationship between science, peace and development. Organised efforts must be exerted by all states to ensure the permanence of this tripartite relationship, which can only be ensured by the tackling of obstacles such as limited funding and socio-economic factors.
As the world continues to battle the unprecedented health crisis brought on by the Corona-virus pandemic, the 2020 theme is “Science for and with Society in dealing with COVID-19”. UNESCO aspires to foster closer interaction between science and society, in addition to encouraging scientific globalism through international scientific collaborations, which is of fundamental importance during a global crisis.
The Geneva Institute for Human Rights stresses the crucial role of science in contributing towards peace and development, global safety and security, which is particularly relevant in our current times as the global population is greatly interconnected.
Hence, the Institute appeals to States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, research institutions and the media to promote scientific research and international collaborative activities to enhance the international communities capacity to address global issues and ensure the advancement of humanity, as well as the establishment of sustainable societies.