Global Council for Tolerance and Peace

World Science Day for Peace and Development

An internationally celebrated day to highlight the importance of science in and for society and that science, peace and development are interlinked.

Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the important role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.

By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

The Day offers the opportunity to mobilize all actors around the topic of science for peace and development – from government officials to the media to school pupils.

The objectives of World Science Day for Peace and Development are to: Strengthen public awareness on the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies; And Promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries; Also Renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies; And Draw attention to the challenges faced by science and raising support for the scientific endeavor.


The theme for 2018 is “Science, a Human Right”, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (art. 27), and of the Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers.

This right is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, but it is only when we use this right to join and support scientific Endeavor that we can transition to stronger science and reinforce scientific culture in our societies.

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