The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and digital systems to enhance access to healthcare services. Tracking applications, information sharing platforms, telemedicine and more have sparked a boom in digital health that has improved many peoples’ quality of life. However, in most countries they are rolled out without clear legal or other normative frameworks to guarantee the protection of human rights, including accessibility, acceptability, quality, and non-discrimination.
This event will share a new thematic report to the UN Human Rights Council on digital innovation, technologies, and the right to health from the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health. Diverse panelists will reflect on the Special Rapporteur’s recommendations, and develop key action priorities for the development of stronger global, regional and national rights-based standards on digital health.
This event is organized by the Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN) in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Brazil in Geneva, Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany in Geneva, Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), Privacy International, STOPAIDS, the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute, International Commission of Jurists (Africa), the Global Governance Centre at Geneva Graduate Institute, and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at University of Warwick. Read the thematic report here: Digital Innovation, Technologies, and The Right to Health.
- Dr. Mandeep Dhaliwal | Director: HIV and Health Group, Bureau of Policy and Programme Support, UNDP
- Timothy Fish Hodgson | Legal Adviser: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the International Commission of Jurists (Africa)
- Allan Maleche (co-moderator) Executive Director, Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS
- Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng | UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health
- Joyce Ouma | Advocacy and Campaigns Officer at the Global Network of Young People living with HIV (Y+ Global)
- Amb. Judith Sijeny (co-moderator)
Opening remarks by Prof. Sara (Meg) Davis | Professor of Digital Health and Rights, University of Warwick; Associated researcher, Global Governance Centre, Graduate Institute; and Principal Investigator, the Digital Health and Rights Project.
This side event is co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Brazil in Geneva and the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany in Geneva.