15.05.2018 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UNESCO message for the International Day of Light

Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Day of Light, 16 May 2018

This first International Day of Light celebrates the role that light plays in the lives of the citizens of the world.

Building on the successes of the International Year of Light (2015), this global initiative will provide an annual event for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in the sciences, culture and the arts, education, and sustainable development.

From gamma rays to radio waves, the spectrum of light provides insights both far ranging and near, from the origin of the Universe to technologies that have shaped our society, in fields as diverse as medicine, agriculture, energy and optics for cultural heritage protection.

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