Panel discussion “Science, a Human Right” at CLACSO Conference

When :

from Wednesday 21 November, 2018
to Thursday 22 November, 2018

Type of event :

Meeting by Member States or Institutions

Where :

Universidad Metropolitana para la Educación y el Trabajo (UMET), Sarmiento 2037, C1044AA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact :

Konstantinos Tararas,;

Construing science from a human rights perspective has critical implications for our efforts to build an inclusive and sustainable future. “Science, a Human Right”, already in focus at the celebration of the World Science Day 2018 (10 November), will be the theme of a UNESCO panel on 21 November at the Universidad Metropolitana para la Educación y el Trabajo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Dedicated to the 70 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this event is held within the framework of the 8th Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Social Sciences, which is organized by the Latin American Council of Social Sciences. Outstanding experts from the fields of sciences and human rights will exchange ideas on main challenges and on policies and tools needed to harness the transformative power of science.

The interconnections and interdependence of science and human rights have been acknowledged in the UDHR and other core international instruments. Nevertheless, the understanding of science as a human right – and the obligations arising therefrom – have remained unclear and underdeveloped.

The panel discussion “Science, a Human Right” will explore the connection of science with the realization of other human rights and what lessons we can draw from their implementation for unpacking a ‘right to science’.

The event will be opened with a welcome address by Nada Al-Nashif, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, and by Karina Batthyany, member of the Executive Council of CLACSO. The President of the International Institute for the Human Right to Science and Vice-Chairperson of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), Mikel Mancisidor, will give a keynote lecture on the drafting process of a general comment on the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications as articulated in Article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). This high level segment will be followed by a panel discussion with the participation of Margaret Weigers Vitullo, Deputy Director of the American Sociological Association (ASA); Elisa Reis, Vice-President of the International Science Council (ISC), and Patrícia Tappatá, Director of the International Center for the Promotion of Human Rights (CIPDH-UNESCO).

UNESCO has sparked a global discussion on ways to improve access to science and to the benefits of science for peace and sustainable development. The UNESCO Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers, adopted in 2017, is one of these efforts. This standard-setting instrument provides a useful checklist of political and institutional requirements to ensure a human rights-based approach to science.