Executive Board recommends celebration of World Science Day

5 October 2001 UNESCO’s Executive Board gave its full support yesterday to the celebration of a World Science Day for Peace and Development.

The Executive Board had before it a feasibility study prepared by the UNESCO Secretariat (document 162/EX 11).

After discussion, the Executive Board adopted a decision recommending to the General Conference due to start on 15 October that it proclaim 10 November each year World Science Day for Peace and Development.

The date of 10 November was retained to complement the International Week of Science and Peace, which takes place every year during the week in which 11 November falls.

The Board also invited the Director General to support national, regional and international activities undertaken as part of this annual celebration.

The World Science Day initiative, which aims to strengthen public support for science, is a follow-up activity of the World Conference on Science.

An entire chapter of the Science Agenda is devoted to Science for Peace and Development. Under this heading fall such crucial themes as science for basic human needs; science, environment and sustainable development; science and technology; science education; science for peace and conflict resolution; and science policy.

For further information, contact d.malpede@unesco.org