The role of science, 'Towards green societies: equity, inclusiveness, participation'.
The rationale of celebrating a World Science Day for Peace and Development has its roots in the importance of the role of science and scientists for sustainable societies and in the need to inform and involve citizens in science. In this sense, World Science Day for Peace and Development offers an opportunity to show the general public the relevance of science in their lives and to engage them in discussions. Such a venture also brings a unique perspective to the global search for peace and development.
The 2011 Celebration is organized within the context of the Rio+20* Summit and is a tangible example of UNESCO’s efforts in encouraging the agenda of Rio+20 and its commitment to the promotion of 'Green Societies'. The objective of this year’s celebration is to engage people, including the scientific community, on the role of science towards Green Societies.
The first World Science Day for Peace and Development was celebrated worldwide on 10 November 2002 under UNESCO auspices. The Day is observed during the International Week of Science and Peace first observed during 1986 as part of the observance of the International Year of Peace. The Week encourages greater academic exchanges on the subject, including the study of links between progress in science and technology and maintenance of peace and security.
* The Rio+20 Summit will take place in Brazil on 4-6 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.
Edited: G. Cornwell
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