UNESCO Executive Board announces International Day of Light
Following a highly successful International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies in 2015, the Executive Board of UNESCO has endorsed an enduring International Day of Light to be celebrated on 16 May every year from 2018.
In 2015, International Year of Light brought together hundreds of national and international partners to organise more than 13,000 activities in 147 countries with over 100 million participants. The IYL 2015 Final Report was delivered to UNESCO in Paris and also presented to the United Nations Second Committee in New York in October 2016.
The proposal for an annual International Day of Light was examined by the UNESCO Executive Board during its 200th Session held in Paris last month, having been introduced by the following sponsors: Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand and the Russian Federation. The resolution was adopted with 15 additional co-sponsors.
The purpose of the 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 is due to take place at the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2017.
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