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We believe in the affirmation of a fundamental Human Right.

Science for Democracy is a platform launched in October 2018, by some members of Rome-based Associazione Luca Coscioni.

Advocacy

Creating Support

Science for Democracy aims to convince the public and the authorities of the worthiness of its activities.

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Rights Watching

Rights Watchdog

Science for Democracy monitors the respect of human rights all over the world.

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Public Engagement

Citizens' Involvement

Science for Democracy aims at involving citizens in its initiatives in order to achieve its goals.

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Issues Science for Democracy focuses on:

Controlled Substances

Drug prohibition hinders scientific research on controlled substances. Science for Democracy aims to change that and help scientists find new treatments.

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1961 First UN Convention on drugs
2 Countries with legal cannabis
80% People without palliative care
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The first webinar on the right to science

30 April, 2020

Science for Democracy hosted the first webinar on the human right to science. You can watch “Right to Science and Why it Matters” here.

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Petition to the European Parliament

24 March, 2020

EU CAN DO IT – petition for an EU response to the Covid19 social, economic and climate crisis.

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UN Side events

05 March, 2020

Science for Democracy co-organised two side-events at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna: Social norms and rituals. Individual and collective self-regulation strategies in cannabis use and Human Rights Tools: Incorporating International Justice and Targeted Sanctions into Drug Policy.

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World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research

25 February, 2020

Science for Democracy, together with the Commission of the African Union and Associazione Luca Coscioni, organised the VI Session of the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the African Union headquarters. Videos of the event are available here. The meeting was dedicated to the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications.

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Collaborations and external projects

In 2020, Science for Democracy started collaborations and external projects with UNESCO, African Union Commission for Human Resources, Science and Technology (AU-HRST), the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA AfriCenter): Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs) on Communicating Science in Africa.

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Symposium: advancing Knowledge-led development in Africa

11 November, 2019

Science for Democracy, organized the seminar “Advancing Knowledge-led Development through the Right to Science in Africa Symposium” together with Associazione Luca Coscioni, and the Law Faculties of the Addis Ababa and Turin Universities to present the “Right to Science” and address its implications for a country such as Ethiopia.

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Event - Science for the Environment: Knowledge and Action

16 October, 2019

Science for Democracy organised the event “Science for the Environment: Knowledge and Action” at the House of Europe in The Hague, Netherlands. The first panel, which followed a keynote speech by Dutch MP Tom van der Lee, focused on academia and the role of scientists. The second panel focused on political action and the role of representative democracy and European Citizens’ Initiatives.

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‘Give CRISPR a chance’ snack - Polytechnic of Bari

04 October, 2019

Polytechnic of Bari – On the occasion, public speeches explained the CRISPR technology and the consequences of the 25 July 2018 ruling of the European Court of Justice. A crispr-produced rice meal was consumed by scientists to demonstrate the safety of the technique.

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UN Side Events in Vienna

21 March, 2019

UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Viennaco-organisation of two side-events. Science in context: freedom of research and practice with controlled substances, together with MAPSICEERS and Associazione Luca Coscioni, and Alternative values, alternative facts: drug policy and justice as casualties in the struggle between authoritarianism and democracy, with Stop the Drug War and others.

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‘Give CRISPR a chance’ snack - European Parliament

05 March, 2019

Bruxelles, European Parliament – On the occasion, public speeches explained the CRISPR technology and the consequences of the 25 July 2018 ruling of the European Court of Justice. A crispr-produced rice meal was consumed by scientists to demonstrate the safety of the technique.

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UN General Debate on the Right to Science

09 October, 2018

Science for Democracy participated in the general debate of the United Nations on the “right to science”; thanks to the Permanent Representation of Italy to the UN in Geneva, Science for Democracy organized a side-event on ”Science for Inclusion” in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Petition to the European Parliament

Science for Democracy asked that the financing of human genome editing for therapeutic purposes is included in the Horizon Europe 9th framework program.

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