The 13th H.R. Network Biennial Meeting

10 December 2018, 11:22


The International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Society (H.R. Network) hosted a symposium on “Science and the Right to Development” on 25 – 27 October 2018. ASSAf was represented at the meeting by Prof Roseanne Diab, ASSAf Executive Office, and Dr Siyavuya Bulani, Senior Liaison Officer.

On first day of the conference, distinguished speakers gave talks pertinent to the theme of the symposium. The talks, which centered around science and the right to development, focused on topics such as: the universality of human rights in a changing world; poverty and inequality; and, climate change and human rights violations. In addition, high level panel discussions deliberated on; human rights and the SDGs; and the human rights impact of climate change.

Dr Bulani participated in a panel discussion on “Finding the connections: science, health and human rights”. The panel discussion, which was moderated by Prof. Édouard Brézin, included distinguished scholars such as Prof. Pedro Leon Azofeifa and Prof. Esther Mwaikambo, President of the National Academy of Sciences Costa Rica and the past-immediate President of the Tanzania Academy of Sciences.
In his presentation Dr Bulani gave a historical context of the formation of ASSAf and the work that has been done by the Academy in advancing human rights issues in South Africa. ASSAf has conducted several consensus studies and hosted a conference that highlighted human rights issues.