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Appendix 1. resolution 1986/9 of the commission on human rights

1986/9. USE OF SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS FOR THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS

The Commission on Human Rights,

Recalling its resolutions 1983/41 of 9 March 1983 and 1984/27 of 12 March 1984,

Recalling once again the relevant provisions of the Proclamation of Tehran and the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly and the Commission on Human Rights concerning human rights and scientific and technological developments,

Recalling also the Vienna Programme of Action on Science and Technology for Development adopted by the United Nations Conference on Science and Technology for Development,

Convinced of the paramount importance of the application of science and technology to economic and social progress and to the promotion and enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Recognizing the need to extend the benefits of science and technological developments to the developing countries,

Noting that various useful studies have been undertaken by United Nations bodies in accordance with General Assembly resolution 2450 (XXIII) of 19 December 1968 and subsequent resolutions with respect to human rights issues arising from developments in science and technology,

Recognizing that the effects of scientific and technological developments on human rights and fundamental freedoms have both beneficial and harmful aspects and therefore must be examined in their totality,

Taking into account the reports of the Secretary-General prepared in accordance with Commission resolutions 1983/41 and 1984/27,

1. Expresses its appreciation to Member States and relevant international organizations which have submitted their views to the Secretary-General on the most effective ways and means of using the results of scientific and technological developments for the promotion and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

2 Calls upon all States to make every effort to utilize the benefits of scientific and technological developments for the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

3. Invites the United Nations University, in co-operation with other interested academic and research institutions, to study both the positive and the negative impacts of scientific and technological developments on human rights and fundamental freedoms and expresses the hope that the United Nations University will inform the Commission on Human Rights of the results of its study on the question