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06 Jun 2023

Event: UNESCO Chairs seminars series

The UNESCO Chairs Programme Team invites you to join the UNESCO Chairs Seminar 5, Science Benefiting Society: the role of the right to science on Wednesday 14 June 2023, 14:00-15:30 (CEST/Paris). Seminar 5 continues the theme of Human Rights, with a focus on the right to science. 

Scientists and scientific knowledge have been widely praised for helping to combat disease and its consequences, discovering vaccines in record time, but also helping to keep our societies and the economy functioning. Yet, science’s full potential will remain untapped unless there is a steadfast commitment to a human rights-based approach, with the right to science at the centre. The need for such paradigm shift is reinforced inter alia by two worrisome trends: the persisting inequalities of access to scientific knowledge and the applications of scientific progress; and the vicious circle of erosion of trust in science and infringements on scientific freedom and the safety of scientists.

 

Event agenda:

Opening remarks 

  • Ângela Melo, Director, Division for Research, Ethics and Inclusion, Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO

Guest speakers:  

  • Helle Porsdam, Professor of History and Cultural Rights, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua, Associate Professor, University of Ghana School of Law, Ghana
  • Juan Pablo Bohoslavski, Researcher, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Argentina
  • Monika Plozza, Research Associate and PhD Candidate at the University of Lucerne Advisor on the Human Right to Science for the Geneva Science Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA), Switzerland

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