IAS–Lancet Commission on Health and Human Rights

IAS–Lancet Commission on Health and Human Rights

Mon, 25 Mar 2024

2:00 - 3:30pm [CET]


The International AIDS Society–Lancet Commission on Health and Human Rights, will present its final report at this webinar on 25 March. Formed in 2021, the Commission brought together 23 leaders in global health from various fields to study the state of health and human rights and propose solutions to reverse setbacks.

Seventy-five years since the United Nations ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, there is more urgency than ever to safeguard human rights. The Commission’s report examines the alarming decline in the upholding of human rights worldwide over the past two decades, which has significant implications for health, particularly for the most vulnerable populations.

Panellists will examine examples of the decline, such as the lack of international solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic, the proliferation of restrictive laws on sexuality and reproductive health, and the unequal impacts of climate change. They will analyse the social, political and environmental factors undermining human rights and dignity. And they will propose ways to reinvigorate the world’s commitment to protect human rights, human dignity and well-being.

The event is organized and moderated by the Commission Co-Chairs, Chris Beyrer, former IAS President and Director of the Duke Global Health Institute, and Adeeba Kamarulzaman, IAS Immediate Past President and Pro Vice-Chancellor Monash University Malaysia. It will also feature insights from Lancet Editor-in-Chief Richard Horton.

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