UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education Health Education, Prevention, Health Promotion, Children and Young People

The Right to Science and Africa – Online symposium 26 January 2023

The online Symposium The Right to Science and Africa will be organised on Thursday 26 January from 14:00 to 17:30 pm CET. It is organised by the Cambridge-Harvard Right to Science Study Group at gloknos, led by Christine Mitchell (Harvard), Sebastian Porsdam Mann (Oxford), and Helle Porsdam (UNESCO Chair of Cultural Rights, University of Copenhagen), in collaboration with the Inclusion, Rights and Intercultural Dialogue Section of UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector.

Drawing on its 2017 Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers, UNESCO promotes a holistic vision of science anchored in human rights.

The COVID-19 experience has shown the need for a stronger application of the right to science in the face of modern-day challenges. At the same time, it put the spotlight on critical gaps in this respect. References to the right in the design of responses remained throughout the pandemic inconsistent and sporadic.

Taking a closer look at the right to science and Africa could not be timelier. Science, technology and innovation are the heart of the continent’s vision for a better future as captured by Agenda 2063. And it is even more important to consider the role of the right to science in transforming this aspiration to reality when we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 30th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. The presentations and the ensuing conversation will bring to the fore developments, challenges and recommendations for future action.

To attend, please register here: Meeting Registration – Zoom You will then receive the event’s Zoom link.