16TH OF MAY - THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LIGHT

The 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference has proclaimed the date of May 16th as the International Day of Light.  The proclamation of this annual International Day enables global appreciation of the central role that light and light-based technologies play in the lives of the citizens of the world in areas of science, technology, culture, education, and sustainable development.

The International Day of Light is an enduring follow-up to UNESCO’s  International Year of Light in 2015 that reached over 100 million people in over 140 countries. 

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 built many new bridges between science and culture, and forged new links between decision makers, industry leaders, scientists, non-governmental organizations and the public at large. An International Day of Light responds to the critical need for improved dialogue between citizens, scientists, and policy-makers in order to pursue sustainability with a help of lighting.  

THE IMPORTANCE OF LIGHT, LIGHT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

On September 2016 United Nations proposed for the proclamation of an international day of light, in explanatory part they describe why light is important: 

“Light plays a central role in human activities. On the most fundamental level, through photosynthesis, light is at the origin of life itself, and the many applications of light have revolutionized society through medicine, communications, entertainment and culture". 

Industries based on light are major economic drivers, and light-based technologies directly respond to the needs of humankind by providing access to information, promoting sustainable development, and increasing societal health and well-being. 

Light-based technologies are increasingly providing solutions to global challenges in, inter alia, energy, education, agriculture, and community health. Applications of light-based technologies improve the quality of life in the developing world, and are key enablers to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. 

As light becomes the key cross-cutting discipline of science and engineering, it is essential that the importance of the scientific study of light and the application of lightbased technologies for global development is fully appreciated by the citizens of the world.

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