Every November 10 since 2001, the international scientific community gathers to commemorate the World Science Day for Peace and Development, an initiative led by UNESCO that highlights the important role of science in society and in our lives every day. World Science for Peace and Development is an opportunity for all actors to mobilize around the issue of science, two government officials for media, schools and academics.
CILAC: The Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean incorporates the values of World Science Day for Peace and Development in many ways. We truly believe that science is an essential tool to achieve peace and development and we offer a transnational platform for science in Latin America and the Caribbean through which all types of actors can come together to achieve the sustainable development objectives described in the Agenda 2030. We also seek to promote dialogue, collaboration and international solidarity for shared science between countries.
This year's theme for World Science Day 2017 for Peace and Development is "Science for Global Understanding." According to the vice-director-general of UNESCO, Flavia Schlegel, science represents a «A unique opportunity to combine global sustainability and local action. The dialogue between science, politics and daily life must be constant and multidirectional. Global sustainability can be learned from best practices and success stories.«.