ASM Recognizes World Science Day for Peace and Development

WASHINGTON, DC – November 10, 2003 --The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) joins the United National Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in recognizing today as World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD).

“The future well-being of Planet Earth and of those who live in and on her depends on science and an educated appreciation for the power of science to do good,” says Anne Morris Hooke, Chair of the ASM’s International Committee. “Any activity that seeks to enhance the science education of us all is worth pursuing vigorously.”

Established by the UNESCO General Conference in November 2001, the WSDPD is an annual event that seeks to renew the national, as well as the international, commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society. The WSDPD also aims at raising public awareness of the importance of science and to bridge the gap between science and societies. The first WSDPD was held November 10, 2002.

The worldwide celebration commemorates the commitment UNESCO made in the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge that resulted from the World Conference on Science that was held in Budapest in 1999.

The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 42,000 scientists and health professionals. Its mission is to promote research and research training in the microbiological sciences and to assist communication between scientists, policy makers, and the public to improve health, the environment, and economic well-being.

The Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge can be found on the UNESCO website at http://www.unesco.org/science/wcs/eng/declaration_e.htm The original proclamation for WSDPD can be found at http://www.unesco.org/pao/events/31cen.htm

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