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February 6, 2009

“Public Health and Human Rights: The Work Ahead of Us” Available Online

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The New York Academy of Sciences hosted a half-day symposium on December 5, 2008, to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event, “Public Health and Human Rights: The Work Ahead of Us,” examined the progress in public health and human rights over the last 60 years, as well as some of the roadblocks, contradictions and challenges to public health and human rights in the U.S. and abroad.

A summary of the event and videos from the presentation are available at www.nyas.org/health-human-rights.

Adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was 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.

For additional information visit the Bloomberg School's Center for Public Health and Human Rights at

www.jhsph.edu/humanrights