08.11.2013 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Montenegro celebrates for the first time UNESCO World Science Day for Peace and Development

©UNESCO - WSDPD 2013 Poster in Montenegrin

Established by UNESCO in 2001, World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated globally on 10 November each year. The motivation behind World Science Day is twofold: one is to create an opportunity to strengthen the relationship between science and society and secondly to ensure that citizens are kept abreast about the developments in science, while highlighting and promoting the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the sciences. This year is no exception.

Within the UN International Year of Water Cooperation 2013 declared by the United Nations General Assembly (Resolution A/RES/65/154), UNESCO has dedicated its World Science Day to underline the importance of water in all of its various aspects.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Science of Montenegro and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), World Science Day for Peace and Development will be celebrated for the first time in Podgorica.

A round table will take place on Monday 11 November 2013 at the Rectorate building of the University of Montenegro in Podgorica to promote UNESCO’s World Science Day and will address this year’s subtheme: Science for Water Cooperation: Sharing Data, Knowledge and Innovations.

With the participation of the Montenegrin Minister of Science, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism, as well as qualified national experts on different water issues will speak about science and water cooperation and how it reflects in this country.

"Together we will continue to strengthen the link between science and policy, in order to make the most of scientific cooperation as a force for peace and development. Water resources pay no heed to borders - our cooperation must be guided by the spirit of solidarity. Together, we can harness the full power of water to strengthen human dignity and build a better future for all. This is UNESCO’s message today.", writes  Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO in her message on the occasion of the World Science Day for Peace and Development

In her video message to be broadcast during the celebration in Montenegro, Irina Bokova puts emphasis on how water cooperation between different social groups, economic sectors, governments and countries is crucial to ensure the sustainable and equitable use of water and to create and maintain peaceful relations between people.

Link: World Science Day for Peace and Development 2013

Multimedia: DG video on the occasion of the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2013 [3:07]

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