UNESCO 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, introduced by sponsors Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand and the Russian Federation. The resolution was adopted with 15 additional co-sponsors.

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.

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