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Assisting Bioethics Committees (ABC)
The Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights advocates the establishment of independent, multidisciplinary and pluralist ethics committees at national, regional, local or institutional levels.

abc.jpg Bioethics Committees reinforce the role of UNESCO as an international clearing house for ethical issues. Ethics committees will furthermore be one of the most important intermediary bodies for the implementation of the normative instruments adopted by the member states. In many countries, experiences exist with bioethics committees at various levels of government.

However, in the majority of member states, such committees do not exist at the moment. UNESCO has initiated a program to support the establishment and operations of bioethics committees (ABC project Assisting Bioethics Committees). The primary focus is on National Bioethics Committees involved in policy-advice, public debate and education.


NewsBioethics and Ethics of Science and Technology: A Regional Documentation Centre to be inaugurated in Cairo  2010-03-25 2:40 pm UNESCO
A Regional Documentation and Information Centre for Bioethics and Ethics of Science and Technology (RDIC-BEST) will be inaugurated on 29 March 2010 in Cairo, Egypt, at the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology of Egypt.
NewsEl Salvador establishes National Bioethics Commission 2009-08-10 9:00 am UNESCO
The Republic of El Salvador has established a National Bioethics Commission. The Commission has been created by decree of the Minister of Public Health and Social Assistance.
NewsGuinea establishes National Bioethics Committee 2009-04-30 9:00 am UNESCO
In the context of the UNESCO project Assisting Bioethics Committees (ABC), the Republic of Guinea has established a National Bioethics Committee. The Committee has been created by decree of the Minister of Education and Scientific Research.

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