Let’s celebrate the World Science Day for Peace and Development.

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World Science Day for Peace and Development, celebrated on November 10th each year, calls attention to the impact that Science collectively has on us as a society and on our everyday lives. When one talks about science, people probably think of conducting elaborate experiments, making cosmic predictions, or testing hypotheses! But Science is broader than what many of us can measure. Science is basically about understanding and interpreting the world we’re inhabiting.

Science regards the goals of describing, forecasting, and explaining quite highly and when we do all these things, it assists us in improving the whole world surrounding us. This is the reason why the United Nations believes that scientists play a vital role in assisting us in understanding our home, planet Earth, better. Celebrating this day arms us with the knowledge and optimism we need for making our societies more sustainable and peaceful.

The United Nations has outlined four objectives for celebrating the World Science Day for Peace and Development. These are:

  1. Strengthen public awareness of the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies
  2. Promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries
  3. Renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies
  4. Draw attention to the challenges faced by science in raising support for the scientific endeavor

The 2020 theme

The world has been struggling with the global ongoing pandemic of COVID 19 and the emphasis of World Science Day for Peace and Development is on “Science for and with Society in dealing with the global pandemic.”

Throughout this extraordinary health crises, UNESCO, the important UN agency, has tried to bring science closer to society and emphasize upon the much-needed international collaborations. UNESCO’s response to the pandemic has been structured on three chief pillars:

  1. promoting international scientific cooperation
  2. ensuring access to water
  3. supporting ecological reconstruction

Celebrating #ScienceDay

UNESCO highly encourages individuals, businesses, organizations, research institutions, science teachers, professional associations, and the media to celebrate the day heartily and organize events and activities for observing this day.

What can you do? Mark this day by taking a genuine and keen interest in science and learning something new while discussing how science makes our society better as a whole. It is also a great time to revisit the role of science in fighting off the COVID pandemic and see how significantly have scientific measures become a part of your daily lives. Catalogue visible science from around you in your digital diary and keep adding to the list to continue being fascinated by this discipline.