Public Health and Human Rights: The Work Ahead of Us

Public Health and Human Rights: The Work Ahead of Us

Friday, December 5, 2008

The New York Academy of Sciences

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Presented by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the New York Academy of Sciences

 

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is partnering with The New York Academy of Sciences for the 2nd year to host a half-day symposium to evaluate progress in public health and human rights on the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first international recognition that human rights are absolute and inclusive of all, and that they should concern the entire international community. This doctrine has served as the foundation of international human rights law, and it continues to inspire international human rights treaties and declarations, regional conventions, and national constitutions.

Sadly, the work of the Declaration is far from finished. Some of the world's most neglected populations suffer the worst human rights abrogations, as well as the added burdens of disease and malnutrition. Where human rights are ignored, health care tends to be unequal, inadequate, or nonexistent.

Please join us as we examine the progress we have made in the 60 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - and as we look ahead to navigating the roadblocks, contradictions, and challenges to public health and human rights at home and abroad.

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