UN's Year of Light reports on 1001 Inventions engaging 25 million people

Published Date: 
4 October 2016

International Year of Light final report presented to UNESCO

International Year of Light final report presented to UNESCO

Paris, 3 October 2016: The Final Report of the United Nations proclaimed International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) was presented at a special event at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris today. The report declares that 1001 Inventions, a Founding Partner of IYL 2015, engaged more than 25 million people around the world through ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham global educational campaign celebrating the achievements of the 11th century pioneer who was a key focus of the International Year of Light.

The final analysis in the report demonstrates that the International Year of Light has been one of the most successful and visible of UNESCO’s international observances. The reach of all IYL 2015 activities is estimated to exceed 100 million people in 147 countries worldwide. 1001 Inventions contributed to more than 25% of the worldwide outreach of the UN Year of Light with grassroots engagement strategies and a global network of partners, including UNESCO and National Geographic.

The success of ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham’ campaign is also attributed to the instrumental role of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC), 1001 Inventions academic partner, that worked with a team of renowned scholars to develop the content for the educational campaign.

On presenting the report to UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, John Dudley, Chair of the IYL 2015 Steering Committee, said:

IYL 2015 has provided a timely reminder that through our commitment to education and outreach, we can really make a difference. It is now up to us to build on what we have learned and what we have accomplished during 2015 to continue to work together for the betterment of all."

Ahmed Salim, 1001 Inventions Co-founder and Director, said:

We are delighted to have partnered with UNESCO to launch ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham’ educational campaign. With the support of Professor John Dudley and a distinguished network of partners around the world the campaign received massive success. Committed to education and outreach for a better world, 1001 Inventions plans to continue IYL 2015 legacy touring the world with the Ibn al-Haytham inspired campaign to encourage young people to pursue careers in science while promoting cross-cultural understanding."

1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham educational, academic and high-level events were held in various cities around the world including in ParisKuwaitBahrainBeijingAlexandriaDubaiMuscatLondonNew YorkMeridaCairoAbu Dhabi and Washington DC. In addition to further planned events and festivals around the world, the Ibn Al-Haytham campaign will continue to reach out to the public through the National Geographic children’s book on Ibn al-Haytham, the short film starring legendary actor Omar Sharif, the music album and a music video based on the film by international acclaimed international musician Sami Yusuf.

The International Year of Light Final Report is available on the following link: www.light2015.org/Home/About/IYL-Final-Report.html. 1001 Inventions activities are featured throughout the report with details on pages 54-56 (screenshots shown below).

Screenshot from "The International Year of Light Final Report", Page 54 (Full PDF)

Screenshot from "The International Year of Light Final Report", Page 55 (Full PDF)

Screenshot from "The International Year of Light Final Report", Page 56 (Full PDF)

The International Year of Light Final Report (Full PDF)

About International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health. With UNESCO as lead agency, IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today. The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

In addition to 1001 Inventions, the Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), Light: Science and Applications, the lightsources.org International Network, the Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).

Patron Sponsors include Bosca, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Royal Philips Lighting, Thorlabs and UL.


About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organization that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.

Over the last five years, 1001 Inventions has engaged with over 250 million people across the globe. The organization works with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, and leading academics to produce interactive exhibits, short films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.

1001 Inventions is a founding partner of the United Nation’s proclaimed International Year of Light 2015.