Established by UNESCO in 2001, the objectives of World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) are:
- To strengthen public awareness on the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies
- To promote national and international solidarity for a shared science between countries
- To renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies
- To draw attention to the challenges faced by science and raise support for the scientific endeavour.
Each year has a different theme. Further information is available on the UN World Science Day web pages and the Unesco website, which also has some ideas on what you can do to celebrate World Science Day. The United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) has a page with background information and teaching activities for World Science Day.