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Two major events on Bioethics this month at UNESCO Headquarters
The Fifteenth Session of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) will meet at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 28 to 29 October 2008. It will be followed by a Joint Session of the IBC and the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC), convened by UNESCO's Director-General on 30 and 31 October 2008, in order to foster the exchange of findings between the two committees on their on-going work.
Two major events on Bioethics this month at UNESCO Headquarters Two main topics will be discussed during these meetings: the principle of social responsibility and health as set forth in the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005), and the issue of human cloning and international governance.

Moreover, IBC will examine the Report of the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies entitled: “Is Human Reproductive Cloning Inevitable: Future Options for UN Governance” with the aim to explore whether there is any scientific, social and political change that would justify a new initiative at international level, and submit its analysis to the Director-General.

The Committee will therefore continue its work on social responsibility and health in order to complete and finalize its report on this subject and will also focus on the principle of respect for human vulnerability and personal integrity, as set forth in Article 8 of the Declaration.

Since its creation in 1993, the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) - a body of 36 independent experts - follows progress in the life sciences and its applications in order to ensure respect for human dignity and freedom. The IGBC was created in 1998, and is comprised of 36 Member States whose representatives meet at least once every two years to examine the advice and recommendations of the IBC. It informs the IBC of its opinions and submits these opinions along with proposals for follow-up of IBC's work to UNESCO's Director-General for transmission to Member States, the Executive Board and the General Conference of the Organization.

More information on these IBC and IGBC sessions

Other events related to the UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences programme in October 2008:
  • 1st October: Round Table: 60 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: present and future challenges, Brasilia, Brazil
  • 1-2 October: 2nd 2008 MOST Intergovernmental Council Bureau Meeting, Paris, France
  • 1-3 October: IXth Bariloche Colloquium of philosophy, Bariloche, Argentina
  • 5-8 October: 21st International Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) Conference, Kiev, Ukraine
  • 7-10 October: A workshop on “Bioethics, Human Rights and Mass Media”, Yerevan, Armenia
  • 9-10 October: International Symposium – “Bioethics of Science and Technologies: Problems and Decisions", Kiev, Ukraine
  • 15-17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Puteaux, France
  • 15-17 October: International Workshop: “Teaching ethics and peace to science and engineering students”, Hamburg, Germany
  • 17 October: Inclusive Society: Human Rights-Based Approaches to the Eradication of Poverty, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 20-22 October: 3rd International Francophone Bioethics Meeting, Quebec, Canada
For more detailed information: www.unesco.org/shs/agenda.

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Photo: Box with human embryonic stem cells to help clarify the function of genes in human development © CNRS/J. Chatin
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Author(s) UNESCO - Sector for Social and Human Sciences
Publication Date 15-10-2008
Source SHS e-News 31 / October 2008

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