Launch of the Coalition
The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition was launched on January 14-16, 2009 at an event held in Washington DC.
Attending the Launch were representatives of over 50 scientific organizations as well as over 100 individual scientists. Opening the Launch, on the evening of January 14th, were three distinguished speakers, including Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and former President of Ireland, and Sidney Verba, current Chair of the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academies. The following day-and-a-half were devoted to paving the way forward, and included presentations, training workshops, and planning meetings to prepare the Coalition for its role in making human rights a reality for all.