The right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications and the challenges of sustainable development

The right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications (REBSPA) despite having been positivized as a human right in the UDHR and in the ICESCR, has not received enough attention in the past decades. This panorama ought to change, especially considering the growing importance of science and technology for all fields of human activities and interaction. It is not difficult to foresee the interdependence of the REBSPA to various classic human rights such as the right to health. The purpose of the paper is to rely on this interdependence but broaden it to encompass an emerging right to sustainable development. The REBSPA should be explored as an important means to sustainable development within a scenario of enforceable human rights but also as an imposition of international collaboration towards global necessary shared goals.