UNESCO sets date for first International Day of Light celebration

UNESCO has endorsed an annual International Day of Light, with the first set to take place in May 2018.

The Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has endorsed an annual International Day of Light. The celebration will 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 and art, education, sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy.

Following the highly successful International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL2015), the broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society to participate in activities around the world on May 16, 2018, to raise awareness of science and technology, art and culture, and their importance in achieving the goals of UNESCO—education, equality and peace.

The International Day of Light will be proclaimed at the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2017, and the first celebration will take place on May 16, 2018.

For more information, please visit www.light2015.org.

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