International Day of Mathematics
Greater global awareness of mathematical sciences are vital to addressing challenges in areas such as artificial intelligence, climate change, energy and sustainable development, and to improving the quality of life in both the developed and the developing worlds. UNESCO’s 40th General Conference proclaimed 14 March of every year International Day of Mathematics in November 2019 (40C/ Resolution 30).
In many countries, 14 March (3/14) is already celebrated as Pi Day because π, one of the world’s most widely-known mathematical constants can be rounded to 3.14.
Mathematics are everywhere in science and technology
Mathematics are everywhere in the organization of our societies
Mathematics are essential to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Mathematics are everywhere in whatever you do
What UNESCO does to support mathematics
UNESCO is committed on a daily basis to facilitate access to mathematics education and research in developing countries through its educational programmes, but also through its regional centers dedicated to mathematics in Hanoi (Viet Nam) and Accra (Ghana), its chairs in Benin, Nigeria and Palestine, and the programmes of the International Centre for Pure and Applied Mathematics (Nice, France) in Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Mathematics for Action: Supporting Science-Based Decision Making
UNESCO is releasing its Mathematics for Action toolkit on 14 March 2022 to mark International Mathematics Day.
Written by mathematicians and thought leaders from across the globe, it presents riveting research on the many ways in which mathematics is addressing the world’s most pressing challenges.
Mathematics for Action also deciphers the role of mathematics in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals to 2030 that were adopted by the global community in 2015. For instance, the thirteenth Sustainable Development Goal concerns climate action. The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change relies on a combination of climate models and storylines to produce scenarios of plausible alternative futures. It is these mathematical models which enable the exploration of multiple “what-if” scenarios to inform the decision-making process.