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Statement Marking 10 November, World Science Day For Peace and Development

Date: Tue 10th Nov, 2020 | 10:35

“Today, on ‘World Science Day for Peace and Development’, the United Nations invites us all to appreciate, and celebrate, the significant role of science in society, and to acknowledge the many ways in which the work of scientists the world over can assist us in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we share.

It is so important to appreciate the importance of science in our lives, and of scientific insights in addressing the great challenges facing humanity.

The many problems we face – such as global poverty, climate change, conflict, disease and hunger – can be, and are being, addressed meaningfully and effectively through the sharing of the benefits of research and scientific insights. The Sustainable Development Goals are proof of this, relying as we do on the best of scientific work.

Today, as we mark the World Science Day for Peace and Development, I repeat my call for the open exchange of knowledge and scientific progress, particularly in the development of the medical tools the world urgently need to combat COVID-19.

The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated that, when it comes to health, no one will be safe until everyone is safe. The pandemic knows no borders, and can only be adequately tackled through global solidarity and international cooperation.

On this World Science Day, let us all recommit to the principles of such cooperation, in order to arrive at such a truly equitable sharing of knowledge as  will help us all to build a future of peace and sustainable development.”