WHY

THE RIGHT TO SCIENCE

for the promotion of individual and societal welfare

Science for Democracy is an organization that promotes the Rule of Law through the affirmation of the Right to Science, the adoption of evidence-based decisions and the promotion of public debates to foster human development. It aims to consolidate democracy as the sole institutional framework that can advance the Right to Science globally. Issues central to the activities of Science for Democracy are the environment and its various ecosystems, human freedom, health and quality of life. Science for Democracy reaches out to the UN Committee for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) as well as other organizations and individuals to engage them in view of the full adoption of the Right to Science by the UN Council on Human Rights in spring of 2019.

Science for Democracy also calls upon European Institutions, the Members of the European Parliament and the Member States of the EU to account for the Right to Science in the 9th Framework Program for Research and Innovation of the European Union (2021 - 2027), advocating for the increase of resources, the funding of cutting-edge research, and the establishment of an independent and transparent process of evaluation of the innovation and policy impacts of the projects funded.

Here is the Position Paper that was presented in Brussels on 17 October to a selected group of Members of the European Parliament.

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Science for Democracy promotes activities that:

Advocate

For the implementation of the Right to Science in the institutional, policy and legal frameworks of both United Nations and European Union Member States.

Consolidate

And expand the compilation of the
"Index on freedom of science and self-determination", presenting its outcomes every two years to decision makers and the public.

Coordinate

The elaboration and submission of country
"shadow reports" focused on the implementation of the Right to Science.

Disseminate

The
International Appeal for the Right to Science launched at the 5th meeting of the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research in 2018.

Engage

Thinkers, practitioners, jurists, scientists and policy-makers in strengthening the relation between scientific progress and decision-making processes.

Promote

The awareness of governments and citizens regarding the Right to Science by supporting national, regional and local activities and the organization of public events.

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The Right to Science is recognised and protected as a fundamental human right. It is enshrined in article 27 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

However, the full enjoyment of the Right to Science depends on States’ ability to secure institutional, policy and legal frameworks that could guarantee the fair access to scientific research and to technological developments and prevent their outcomes from infringing other fundamental human rights and liberties.

“Science for Democracy” was the title of the 5th meeting of the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research convened by the Associazione Luca Coscioni at the European Parliament in April 2018.

The Right to Science is of paramount importance for the promotion of individual and societal welfare and is crucial for the full enjoyment of, among others, the rights indispensable for one’s own dignity (UDHR, Article 22), well-being (Article 25) and education (Article 26).

Imposing unmotivated limitations to the exercise of the Right to Science leads to economic stagnation, poverty and social exclusion, and exacerbates discrimination (among which gender discrimination).

Science for Democracy is an AISBL registered in Belgium

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