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The role of Geography and the AAG in the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition

On January 14, 2009, over 50 scientific associations came together to launch the Science and Human Rights Coalition in a three-day series of workshops, presentations, and strategic meetings in Washington, DC. The Coalition draws upon its broad network to seeks to protect and advance:

  • Welfare of Scientists whose human rights are threatened
  • Science Ethics and Human Rights
  • Service to the Scientific Community
  • Service to the Human Rights Community
  • Education and Information Resources

As one of the founding members of the Coalition, the AAG contributed greatly to the formation of the Coalition during the months preceding its formal launch, and AAG representatives participated throughout the event.

Douglas Richardson, Executive Director of the AAG, addressed the Coalition during its launch. To read his remarks, please click here.

The AAG continues to support the Coalition, which is led by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), by fostering scholarly discourse on how geography and geographers can contribute to the protection of human rights and by helping to disseminate information and resources critical to this effort, among other activities.

The 2009 AAG Annual Meeting featured a special track of sessions on Geography & Human Rights research. See video of one of the sessions here.

To learn more about the Coalition, including how to join the Science and Human Rights Coalition listserv, please visit the Coalition webpage.