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AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Meeting
July 14-15, 2014
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Entrance at 12th and H Streets
Washington, DC

Moving Forward

Since the launch of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition in 2009, this growing network of science and engineering associations has collaborated to build bridges between science and technology organizations and the human rights community. The Coalition has created new human rights resources for science and engineering associations, tools for human rights organizations that seek to incorporate science and technology in their work, increased awareness of the opportunities for scientists and engineers to contribute to human rights, and advanced international discussions regarding the significance of the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications, as guaranteed in Article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. 

The Coalition’s fifth anniversary provides an opportune moment to celebrate our progress and share the network’s accomplishments. At this time of reflection, it is also fitting to look toward the next five years, identify emerging challenges, and map out the Coalition’s next steps. Thus, to mark the anniversary, this meeting is organized around the connections between science and human rights that guide the Coalition’s working groups. 

About the Coalition
As a program of AAAS, the program on Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law serves and enjoys access to 262 affiliated scientific societies and academies. In 2005, the former Science and Human Rights Program brought together scientific and professional associations with human rights sections and working groups to lay the groundwork for a coalition devoted to science and human rights. The Science and Human Rights Coalition was launched 2009. The Coalition is envisioned to:
  • Support efforts to establish human rights programs within more scientific and engineering societies;

  • Create a forum where new and cross-disciplinary applications of science and technology to human rights challenges can be incubated and explored;

  • Build a knowledge base within the human rights community about what science and scientists can contribute to the realization of human rights;

  • Establish a human rights agenda across scientific and engineering societies that incorporates this influential sector’s voice in human rights advocacy on behalf of colleagues at risk and human rights more generally.


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