International Week of Science and Peace 2019
International Week of Science and Peace was celebrated from Saturday, 9th November 2019 to Thursday, 14th November 2019. The week was observed to promote awareness for science and technology and also its role in maintaining peace and harmony.
According to a resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly, the International Week of Science and Peace must include the date 11th November, which is the Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I. On this day in 1918 an Armistice was signed between World War I allies and Germany.
This year’s theme for the International Week of Science and Peace was “Open Science, leaving no one behind”.
About International Week of Science and Peace
1986 was first observed celebrating the International Week of Science and Peace (IWOSP) on the 10th of November to start the celebration of the International Year of Peace. Events and activities organizing organizations for the full week (from 9th to 14th November) works as a non-governmental initiative. The organizers of the event work great to encourage big international participation in the ceremony.
After the successful celebration of the 1986 observance, the celebration started celebrating continuously by the efforts of the organizers in the successive years. It was proclaimed as an International Week of Science and Peace by the General Assembly in the month of December in 1988 and would be celebrated yearly during the week which includes the 11th of November.
Intergovernmental and Non-governmental organizations and Member States are urged by the General Assembly in order to promote the related individuals, institutions, associations to support the events and activities associated with the progress of science and technologies as well as the preservation of the peace and safety. It is also urged to encourage the international co-operation amongst the scientists and Secretary-General needs to report to the General Assembly.
The annual celebration of this event is offering a significant contribution towards the promotion of science, technologies, and peace as well as generating the awareness in general public to a greater level towards the association between science and peace. The participation and awareness of the events organizing organizations are increasing towards the contribution and co-operation in the right application of science for promoting peace all through the year.
Objectives of Celebrating International Week of Science and Peace
This event was nominated by the UN to celebrate yearly full week having the 11th of November. The aim of both IWOSP and UKWOSP was declared as the resolution of Science and Peace which deals with every aspect association between science and peace. Some of the objectives are:
> Promotion of international peace, science, security, and co-operation.
> Protection of the environment.
> Promotion of human rights.
> Promotion of mankind’s development socially and economically.
> Focusing on the role of science on the way to green societies.
> Evaluating the importance of scientists and science role in the maintenance of societies.
> Providing the common public a chance to understand the significance of science in their daily lives.
> Increasing the awareness of science and technology role in maintaining world peace and social development as well as to endeavor for a peaceful environment internationally.
A week-long activity of the event consists of exhibitions on public education related to the health care, technical innovations, science, science contests, academic competitions, and discussions on culture, environment, women development and etc.