Human rights and scientific and technological developments.

1988/61. Human rights and scientific and technological developments

The Commission on Human Rights, Noting that scientific and technological progress is one of the decisive factors in the development of human society, Recalling once again the great importance of the Declaration on the Use of Scientific and Technological Progress in the Interests of Peace and for the Benefit of Mankind, adopted by the General Assembly in its resolution 3384 (XXX) of 10 November 1975, Considering that the implementation of the Declaration contributes to the strengthening of international peace and security of peoples and to their economic and social development, as well as to international co-operation in the field of human rights, Realizing that modern science and technology make it possible to provide an abundance of wealth on Earth and establish material conditions for the prosperity of society as well as the all-round development of every person, Seriously concerned that the results of scientific and technological progress could be used for the arms race and the development of new destructive weapon systems to the detriment of international peace and security and social progress, human rights and fundamental freedoms and the dignity of the human persons, Emphasizing the growing importance of intellectual work, interaction between science, technology and society, and the humanistic, moral and ethical orientation of science and of scientific and technological progress, Convinced that in the era of modern scientific and technological progress the resources of mankind and the activities of scientists should be used for the peaceful economic, social and cultural development of all countries, and for the improvement of the living standards of all peoples, Recognizing that the establishment of the new international economic order calls, in particular, for a contribution to be made by science and technology to economic and social progress, Bearing in mind that the exchange and transfer of scientific and technological knowledge is one of the main ways to accelerate the social and economic development of the developing countries,

1. Stresses the importance of the implementation by all States of the provisions and principles contained in the Declaration on the Use of Scientific and Technological Progress in the Interests of Peace and for the Benefit of Mankind;

2. Calls upon all States to make the necessary efforts to use the achievements of science and technology in order to promote peaceful social, economic and cultural development and progress and to put an end to the use of these achievements for military purposes;

3. Also calls upon all States to take the necessary measures to ensure that the achievements of science and technology are placed at the service of mankind and do not lead to the degradation of the ecological environment;

4. Requests once again the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities to undertake as a matter of priority a study on the use of the achievements of scientific and technological progress to ensure the right to work and development;

5. Decides to consider that study as a matter of priority at its forty-sixth session under the agenda item "Human rights and scientific and technological developments".

54th meeting
9 March 1988
[Adopted by a roll-call vote of 30 to none, wit
13 abstentions. See chap. XV.]
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