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'Science: A human right' is theme of this year's World Science Day for Peace and Development
This year, the theme of World Science Day for Peace and Development is going to be observed on November 10 with the theme 'Science: A human right' to reaffirm the 'essential right of universal access to science and to gauge how much remains to be done to achieve this'.

"The astonishing progress made by science in recent decades has changed our lives. Science and its countless applications now condition all aspects of human life. The resulting innovations are an opportunity for the development of our societies. They are improving our well-being, facilitating daily life and pushing back borders that seemed immutable in the fields of medicine, transportation, and communication and knowledge-sharing. They are an engine of growth and wealth," stated Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO in her message.

Azoulay added, "Issues of inclusion and ethics also lie at the heart of the Recommendation. Public policies should foster greater inclusion of groups of persons currently in the minority in the scientific community. Women in particular are under-represented in what are known as the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics - and account for only 30% of researchers in the world today."

"Because science today is the beneficiary of the human intellect which has been seeking, exploring and inventing for centuries and millennia, it belongs to all humankind, it is a common good whose fruits must be of benefit to all,"  stated the released message further.

The UNESCO has urged the world community to make science a factor of peace and sustainable development, which include ensuring excellent training for researchers, enabling the free flow of knowledge and fostering international cooperation.

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