Press release

UNESCO and Partners Celebrate World Science Day for Peace and Development 2020

18/11/2020

Islamabad, 10 November — UNESCO Islamabad in collaboration with the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), the Economic Cooperation Organization Science Foundation (ECOSF), the Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS), celeberated World Science Day for Peace and Development, at the COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad.

Since 2001, the World Science Day for Peace and Development, is celebrated to highlight the important role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging and important contemporary issues relevant to science. As this year has been marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the theme of the 2020 celebration is Science for and with Society.

Since 2001, the World Science Day for Peace and Development, is celebrated to highlight the important role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging and important contemporary issues relevant to science. As this year has been marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the theme of the 2020 celebration is Science for and with Society.

Mr. Fawad Ahmad, Federal Minister for Science and Technology remarked that now exists an opportunity to renew our resolve for the noble purpose of advancing scientific knowledge and its practical application so that globally all people can live their lives in peace and freedom in a dignified manner. He emphasised the need of free and equal availability of vaccines on a global level.

Ms. Patricia McPhillips, Representative and Director UNESCO Islamabad, Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Coordinator General COMSTECH, Prof. Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari, Professor Emeritus, Quaid e Azam University, Dr. Manzoor Soomro, President ECO Science Foundation, Dr. Aslam Baig, Secretary General Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Dr. Mirza Habib, Pakistan Science Foundation, Ambassador Fauzia Nasreen, COMSATS University, Ms. Kasak Bather, a student from Nawabshah and Mr. Aun Azhar, a student from Sargodha, addressed the importance of science from different aspects of the theme. The speakers talked about the role of science for society, key issues concerning people and nature interactions, the impact of science for and with society from the youth perspective, science communication, the importance of sharing in-time knowledge and data, and the strengthening international scientific cooperation. The  talks provided relevant information and food for thought for the audinece that inculded scientists, students, teachers, researchers, science communicators who work in science centres and science museums, independent science communicators and science journalists.