Established by UNESCO in 2001, World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated worldwide on 10 November each year. It offers an opportunity to demonstrate to the wider public why science is relevant to their daily lives and to engage them in debate on related issues.
By throwing bridges between science and society, the aim is to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science, while underscoring the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable. Recent themes have included ‘towards green societies’ (2011), science for the rapprochement of peoples and cultures (2010) and astronomy (2009).
Every year, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, scientific research institutions, professional associations, universities, municipalities, the media, science teachers, schools and others are encouraged to organize their own celebration of World Science Day.
Since its inception, World Science Day has also generated concrete projects, programmes and funding for science around the world. Several ministries have announced an increase in spending on science, for instance, or the creation of a university or research body. The Day has also helped to foster cooperation between scientists living in regions marred by conflict, one example being the creation of the Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization (IPSO), with UNESCO support.
World Science Day was instigated as follow-up to the World Conference on Science, organized jointly by UNESCO and the International Council for Science in Budapest (Hungary) in 1999. The Day offers an opportunity to reaffirm each year our commitment to attaining the goals proclaimed in one of the twin documents adopted by the World Conference on Science: the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge and to follow up the recommendations contained in the Conference’s Science Agenda: Framework for Action. The biennial World Science Forum is always held as close as possible to World Science Day.
World Science Day for Peace and Development 2015
This year’s theme is ‘Science for a Sustainable Future; celebrating the UNESCO Science report’
Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1 and 2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. http://bit.ly/WlepDX
أعلن الدكتور ممدوح الدماطي، وزير الآثار، الانتهاء من مشروع تطوير منطقة كرانيس في الفيوم، مشيرا إلى أنه تم تمويل هذا المشروع من خلال المنحة المقدمة من السفارة الأمريكية للحفاظ على الثقافة، وهي مسابقة يتم تنفيذها كل عام على مستوى العالم لتمويل أحد المشروعات الكبرى.
جاء ذلك خلال الاحتفالية التي نظمتها وزارة الآثار مساء أمس بحضور ستيفين بيكروفت، السفير الأمريكي بالقاهرة، بمقر الوزارة.
وأكد الدماطي أهمية مشروع “تطوير منطقة كرانيس حيث سيجعل من تلك المنطقة متحفا مفتوحا وهو الأمر الذي يأتي في إطار خطة الوزارة لكسب مواقع أثرية جديدة، ما يساهم في تنشيط حركة السياحة الوافدة إلى مصر”.
ومن جانبه، أكد السفير الأمريكي بالقاهرة عمق علاقات التعاون المختلفة بين البلدين، مشيدا بالتعاون المميز في المجال الأثري وقيام وزارة الآثار بتذليل العقبات لإنجاز مراحل المشروع، لافتا إلى أنه سيتم التعاون هذا العام في مشروع تطوير منطقة أبيدوس الأثرية والمقرر البدء فيه خلال شهرين.
وتم خلال الاحتفالية عرض مجموعة من الصور تستعرض أعمال التطوير بالموقع ومراحل العمل المختلفة منذ بدايته وحتى الانتهاء منه، بالإضافة إلى عرض فيلم تسجيلي عن مدينة الفيوم بعنوان “نبذة عن المدينة المفقودة”.
وتقع مدينة كرانيس على طريق “الفيوم- القاهرة” الصحراوى على بعد 33 كم من الفيوم و 109 كم من القاهرة، ويرجع تاريخ المدينة إلى القرن الثالث ق.م وتضم بقايا معبدين كانا مكرسين لعبادة الإله سوبك (التمساح) إله المنطقة، كما تضم حماما رومانيا ومجموعة من المنازل، ويوجد في الجهة المقابلة مقابر المدينة.
The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is a commemoration of the adoption, in 1980 by the 21st General Conference, of the Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images. The World Day provides an occasion to raise general awareness of the need to take urgent measures and to acknowledge the importance of audiovisual documents. “Archives at risk: protecting the world’s identities” is the slogan of this year’s celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (27 October).
In 1972, the United Nations General Assembly decided to institute a World Development Information Day coinciding with United Nations Day on October 24. The General Assembly had the object of drawing the attention of world public-opinion each year to development problems and the necessity of strengthening international co-operation to solve them.
The day was further recognized as the date on which the International Development Strategy for the Second Nations Development Decade was adopted in 1970. In recent years many events have interpreted the title of the day slightly differently. These have concentrated on the role that modern information-technologies, such as the Internet and mobile telephones free from digital divide can play in alerting people and finding solutions to problems of trade and development. One of the specific aims of World Development Information Day was to inform and motivate young people and this change may help to further this aim.
Patricia Bays Haroski registered “National Boss’ Day” with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1958. She was working as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, at the time and chose October 16, which was her father’s birthday. She was working for her father at the time. The purpose of designating a special day in the workplace is to show the appreciation for her bosses she thought they deserved. This was also a strategy to attempt to improve intra-office relationships between managers and their employees. Haroski believed that young employees sometimes did not understand the hard work and dedication that their supervisors put into their work and the challenges they faced.Four years later, in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed the day.
Hallmark Cards did not offer a Boss’s Day card for sale until 1979. It increased the size of its National Boss’s Day line by 28 percent in 2007.
National Boss’s Day has become an international celebration in recent years and now is observed in countries such as Australia, India, Ireland, and Egypt.Note that Egypt celebrates their equivalent holiday on 10 December every year.
Boss’s Day is a secular holiday celebrated on October 16 in the United States. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their boss for being kind and fair throughout the year.
World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
On 10 October 2015, the 13th World Day Against the Death Penalty is raising awareness around the application of the death penalty for drug-related offences, to reduce its use.
The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty is an alliance of NGOs, bar associations, local bodies and unions whose aim is to strengthen the international dimension of the fight against the death penalty.
The World Coalition lobbies international organisations and States, organises international events and facilitates the creation and development of national and regional coalitions against the death penalty.
It was created in Rome on 13 May 2002 and has established 10 October as the date of the annual World Day Against the Death Penalty in 2003.
The World Coalition has 158 member organisations as of August 2014.