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Global Ethics Observatory: Regional Documentation and Information Centres
The Databases will result from cooperation between all regions of UNESCO and Headquarters, using the similar systems of inputting and updating the information. This cooperation will also facilitate the availability of information in the working languages of UNESCO.
In order to facilitate the creation of a Global Network, UNESCO is establishing Regional Information and Documentation Centres related to the Global Ethics Observatory. The following centres have been established:

Vilnius, Lithuania

The Regional Bioethics Doumentation Centre in Vilnius was officially opened on 13th September 2004.

The aim of the Centre is to collect and disseminate relevant information regarding bioethics, in order to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, build up local expertise and stimulate the development of ethical debate and analysis nationally and regionally. The Centre collaborates with GEObs in providing support and materials in the Russian language.

Egerton University, Njoro Campus, Kenya

The UNESCO Regional Bioethics Centre was officially opened on 14th May 2007.

The mandate of the Centre is
  1. furtherance of bioethical activities as outlined by UNESCO in various documents and declarations,
  2. coordination and supervision of research and education on bioethics in the region,
  3. storage of information in bioethics including bioethical tradition practices. Thus the centre will be a regional databank on bioethics issues.
  4. Developing infrastructure for training and institutional capacity building;
  5. initiating public debate in bioethical issues.
On 12th 14th August 2008, the Centre hosted a Conference on Bioethical Perspectives and Practices in Research, Medicine, Life Sciences and Related Technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa, which gathered researchers, scientists, observers, and guests from Sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world with an interest in bioethical issues in Africa. Download the Conference proceedings [PDF, 541 KB]


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Establishment of Regional Information and Documentation Centers

New Regional Centres will be established in order to promote contributions in the other languages.

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