UNESCO Executive Board supports International Day of Light

Following the highly successful International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015), the Executive Board of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has endorsed a proposal for an enduring follow-up in the form of an annual International Day of Light to be celebrated on 16 May every year from 2018.

The International Day of Light proposal was examined by the UNESCO Executive Board during its 200th Session in Paris held from October 4-18, introduced by sponsors Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand and the Russian Federation. The resolution was adopted with 15 additional co-sponsors from: Argentina, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Serbia, Nigeria, Paraguay, Qatar, Vietnam, and Uganda.

The purpose of an International Day of Light will be to provide an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of the central role that light plays in the lives of the citizens of the world in areas of science, culture, education, sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society to participate in activities around the world that will raise awareness of science and technology, as well as art and culture and their importance in achieving the goals of UNESCO in promoting education, equality and peace. The first International Day of Light celebration is planned for 16 May 2018 following its official Proclamation at the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2017.

 

TFollowing the highly successful International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015), the Executive Board of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has endorsed a proposal for an enduring follow-up in the form of an annual International Day of Light to be celebrated on 16 May every year from 2018.

The International Day of Light proposal was examined by the UNESCO Executive Board during its 200th Session in Paris held from October 4-18, introduced by sponsors Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand and the Russian Federation. The resolution was adopted with 15 additional co-sponsors from: Argentina, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Serbia, Nigeria, Paraguay, Qatar, Vietnam, and Uganda.

The purpose of an International Day of Light will be to provide an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of the central role that light plays in the lives of the citizens of the world in areas of science, culture, education, sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society to participate in activities around the world that will raise awareness of science and technology, as well as art and culture and their importance in achieving the goals of UNESCO in promoting education, equality and peace. The first International Day of Light celebration is planned for 16 May 2018 following its official Proclamation at the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2017.

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International Year of Light website 

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