Hi Everyone,

I have set up this blog so we can post suggestions for readings, exchange ideas and raise questions as we prepare for the symposium.

To start I have posted a link that Simon Cole sent me regarding human rights and the new sciences. I enocurage all to do the same.

Begin forwarded message:
From: KATHLEEN SLOAN <kathleen.sloan@sbcglobal.net>
Date: April 17, 2010 3:52:12 AM PDT
Subject: AAAS Board of Directors Adopts Statement on Human Rights
Dear colleagues,
 
I am pleased to let you know that on Friday, April 16, the AAAS Board of Directors adopted a Statement “On the human right to the benefits of scientific progress.”
 
According to the Statement: “An international process is currently underway that will take into account different perspectives and diverse interests in defining with greater clarity the meaning of the right and in determining how best to implement the right in practice. Recognizing that this right lies at the heart of the AAAS mission and the social responsibilities of scientists, AAAS will pursue opportunities to collaborate with the global scientific community so that the voice, interests and concerns of scientists can be brought to this process.”
 
The AAAS Science and Human Rights Program will continue to lead the AAAS’s efforts to address the right to the benefits of scientific progress and its applications, and looks forward to working with the scientific community, including through the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, in this endeavor. Information about current activities is available here: http://shr.aaas.org/Programs/program_article15.htm.
 
Kind regards,
 
Jessica Wyndham
 
 

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Jessica Wyndham
Project Director, Science and Human Rights Program
American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005 USA
Ph  +1 202 326 6604
Fax +1 202 289 4950
jwyndham@aaas.org 
http://shr.aaas.org/

 AAAS Statement

On the human right to the benefits of scientific progress

 

The human right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications was first internationally recognized in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Basic tenets of the right include: ensuring equitable access to the benefits of scientific progress, with particular focus on vulnerable and marginalized groups; investing in R&D and creating incentives for innovation to address forms of suffering experienced by these groups; ensuring the freedom of scientists to engage in scientific inquiry while also conducting their work responsibly; and fostering international cooperation in science.

An international process is currently underway that will take into account different perspectives and diverse interests in defining with greater clarity the meaning of the right and in determining how best to implement the right in practice. Recognizing that this right lies at the heart of the AAAS mission and the social responsibilities of scientists, AAAS will pursue opportunities to collaborate with the global scientific community so that the voice, interests and concerns of scientists can be brought to this process.

Building on AAAS’s strength as the world’s largest multi-disciplinary scientific society and its unique contributions in bringing science and scientists to human rights work, AAAS will:

  • bring to the attention of its affiliates and members the importance of engaging in discussions concerning the human right to benefit from scientific progress and its applications;
  • engage the domestic and global scientific communities in defining the content of the right and determining its application to a diverse range of scientific disciplines and issues of concern to the scientific community;
  • coordinate the efforts of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition to conceptualize the right and pursue strategies for integrating this right into the work of Coalition members; and
  • building on these activities, engage the US government and other key actors in dialogue on the right to benefit from science and its implications for relevant policies and programs.

 

[Adopted by the AAAS Board of Directors, 16 April 2010.]