The theme of this year’s Science Day is Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development. The full name of Science Day is World Science Day for Peace and Development. The purpose of the day is to draw the attention of the general public to science-related issues. Science Day is an outcome of the World Science Conference held in Budapest, Hungary in 1999. This idea was proposed by Ethiopia and Malawi. Then the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared World Science Day in 2001. The first Science Day was observed on 10 November 2002.
The main objective is to bring the advancements related to science to the knowledge of the public. The day reaffirms society’s commitment to achieving the goals of science and the use of scientific knowledge. Science Day also commemorates the vital role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the Earth and making societies more sustainable. As part of the World Science Day, many projects, programs and funding have been planned and implemented by UNESCO in collaboration with the scientific community in various countries. The day also helps foster collaboration between scientists living in conflict-torn areas. An example is the creation of the Israel-Palestine Science Organization (IPSO) with the support of UNESCO.
Relevance of basic science
UNESCO has launched the annual celebration on July 8, 2022 under the theme of the Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development. It was decided to make the theme of this year’s Science Day celebration the same by declaring solidarity with it. The UN approved the Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development in recognition of the fact that the applications of basic sciences are essential for progress in the fields of medicine, industry, agriculture, water resources, energy planning, environment, communication and culture. This highlights the importance of basic science that led to the scientific wonders we see today.
The message is that without basic science there can be no applied science. By 2030, the UN aims to make major advances in basic science. Currently, many countries spend money on basic science in different ways. Some countries spend less than 10 percent of the total science budget. Some more than 30 percent.
Let’s also participate in the hashtag #ScienceDay
On Science Day, UNESCO recommends that scientists organize an exhibition or class of basic science experiments for the general public, including students, in their laboratories or universities. If you are a science geek, you can make a short video explaining the importance of basic science and post it on social media.
Today, on World Science Day for Peace and Development, let us harness the potential of open science. This should not only limit the impact of climate change but also build a more peaceful and peaceful world. Because we succeed and fail together. We must not fail.’Andre Azoulay (Director General, UNESCO)
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