The International Day of Mathematics(IDM) is annually observed across the globe on 14th March to celebrate mathematics and connect maths with all sorts of subjects, fields, and ideas.
In several countries, March 14 (3/14) is celebrated as Pi Day to celebrate the mathematical constant π (pi), which is also known by the Greek letter tau.
- The date March 14 is written as 3/14 in some countries.
- The value of the mathematical constants, pi, is approximately 3.14.
The theme for the 2022 IDM by IDM314.org is “Mathematics Unites”.The theme was proposed by Yuliya Nesterova, a graduate student from the University of Ottawa in Canada.
On 26th November 2019, The executive council of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) at its 205th session, adopted a resolution (40C/ Resolution 30) and proclaimed the 14th March of every year as the “International Day of Mathematics”.
The first International Day of Mathematics (IDM) was observed on 14th March 2020.
The IDM is a project led by the International Mathematical Union with the support of numerous international and regional organizations.
The observance of the 2022 IDM is part of the activities of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022 (IYBSSD 2022).
Objective of IDM: To showcase the fundamental role of the mathematical sciences in the achievement of the United Nations(UN)’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in reinforcing the two UNESCO priorities: Africa and Gender Equality.
International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022 (IYBSSD 2022):
The United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) adopted the resolution A/RES/76/14 on 2nd December 2021 and proclaimed the year 2022 as the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development.
IDM 2022 Toolkit:
i.On the occasion of International Mathematics Day, UNESCO released its toolkit “Mathematics for Action: Supporting Science-Based Decision Making” written by mathematicians and thought leaders from across the globe.
ii.It also deciphers the role of mathematics in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals to 2030 that was adopted by the global community in 2015.
About United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):
Director-General– Audrey Azoulay
Headquarters– Paris, France