Science for Democracy's activities include advocacy, public engagement and human rights monitoring. Each activity aims at promoting the respect of international laws and regulations, in the framework of the rule of law and human rights.
The Human Right to Science - The Webinar and the Appeal to the member states of the United Nations
Since the Universal Declaration, science has been included in all major international instruments on Human Rights; this appeal puts forward a set of recommendations to invite governments to update and adjust their laws and policies to affirm the right to enjoy scientific progress and its application.
P-Cube - Playing Public Policy
Science for Democracy's members are currently involved in the project P-Cube - Playing public policy in collaboration with Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Technische Univeristait Delft, Politecnico di Milano, Universite du Luxembourg, ALDA - Association des agences de la democracie local.
Written contribution to the Draft General Comment on Science and economic, social and cultural rights
The Associazione Luca Coscioni (ALC) and Science for Democracy (SfD) commend the work of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on their comprehensive “General Comment on Science” (GC) that has addressed the implications of science within a human rights framework.
When States ratify a human rights treaty they also accept the obligation to periodically present a report detailing what measures they have taken to give effect to that treaty. Science for Democracy’s shadow reports are intended to supplement, or “shadow”, official State Reports to the United Nations.
EU CAN DO IT - The Petition to the European Parliament on Covid-19
In the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, Science for Democracy, together with Eumans and other European organisations, submitted a petition to the European Parliament for a common European response to the Covid19 social, economic and health crisis.
Evidence-Based Policy 2.0: Findings, Issues and Prospects
What is the future of evidence-based policy? Does a new generation of evidence-based policy initiatives exist, and if so, how should we call it, evidence-based policy 2.0? What is the difference with 1.0? We addressed these questions at an international workshop (8 April 2019) hosted by the Global Governance Institute at University College London, School of Public Policy.
Grow Scientific Progress European Citizens' Initiative
Science for Democracy supports the Grow Scientific Progress European Citizens’ Initiative. The goal of this ECI is to clarify EU rules regarding new breeding techniques. These are modern technologies, such as crispr, which allow to precisely edit DNA in a quick and efficient manner. Applied to agriculture, such techniques allow to grow more crops using less land, less water and less chemical products. But although the environmental benefits are clear, many environmentalist groups are opposed to it. This has resulted in an implicit ban, with new breeding techniques considered Genetically Modified Organisms, which are illegal for direct human consumption in the EU.
Give CRISPR a Chance
On March 5th, 2019 Science for Democracy organised a “Give Crispr a chance” snack in front of the European Parliament in Brussels, to raise awareness around Crispr, a new breeding technique. Although it allows to grow more crops with less water, less land usage and less pesticides, the technique is illegal in the EU because of a ruling by the European Court of Justice which equated it with Genetically Modified Organisms.
Coronavirus - Never again
Appeal to all governments so that the next General Assembly of the World Health Organisation can address COVID 19 to categorically reaffirm the full respect of human rights and the Rule of Law, and to promote the definition of rules and investments guaranteeing a rapid global response to pandemics.
Appeal for the Human Rights to Science
A call for governments to respect international obligations of human rights, support scientific enterprise, promote and protect scientific culture and education, to dedicate a specific section to science within the periodic report to the UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights.