World Science Day 2017
Today, the complexity of the world’s issues goes beyond the framework of a single discipline. Sciences, technology and innovation provide key answers to build peace and bolster sustainable development. We need more integrated science to strengthen water management, to ensure the sustainable use of the ocean, to protect ecosystems and biodiversity, to tackle climate change and disasters, to foster innovation.
Science diplomacy will be a powerful instrument for the use of science as a foundation for a culture of cooperation. Investment in science education will be equally crucial. We need to grant equal access to enrolment in sciences all persons, starting at an early age, with a strong focus on girls.
In this spirit and the spirit of the International Week of Science and Peace, we call upon all stakeholders, well beyond scientific circles, to mobilize in order to release the full potential of sciences for development and peace.