The Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) joins the rest of the World to commemorate the World Science Day for Peace and Development this Tenth Day of November 2017.
The World Science Day for Peace and Development is an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientiﬁ c and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and is celebrated all over the world with the aim of renewing nations’ and the international communities’ commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the beneﬁ t of society. The World Science Day for Peace and Development also aims at raising public awareness of the importance of science and to bridge the gap between science and societies. The theme for this year’s celebration is Science for Global Understanding.
Global understanding is key to peace and sustainable development as it promotes the commitment of individuals and local communities in sharing knowledge for actions and behavioural change (UNESCO, 2017). Science is central to global understanding by helping in creating a shared understanding of the physical and human nature of the world, it also assists in providing solutions to global challenges regarding food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture; resilience to the impacts of climate change; access to clean water; availability and access to clean energy and; health for all at all ages.
Uganda, like the rest of the world, has prioritised science, technology, and innovation in order to meet her national development aspirations, notably: attainment of middle-income status by 2020 and fulﬁ lment of the country’s global development obligations under United Nations Development Agenda 2030 and other international agreements.
There is no doubt that the Ugandan public appreciates the critical role science plays in, among other things, predicting, assessing and adapting/mitigating the potential impact of societal challenges at the national, regional and global level. UNCST is pleased to join the science, technology, and innovation (STI) global community and the wider public to commemorate the World Science Day, as it provides a platform for engaging a diversity of stakeholders in discourses and interventions that optimise the beneﬁ ts of Science to Society.