19.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Discrimination related to scientific progress at the heart of the 20th Session of the International Bioethics Committee

The new risks of discrimination and the new responsibilities induced by the advances in biomedicine (biobanks, access to drugs, transplant and organ trafficking, as well as tissue and cell trafficking, neuroscience, HIV/AIDS and nanotechnologies), will be the focus of discussions at the 20th Session of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) to be held from 19 to 21 June 2013, in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Indeed, during this session, which will mark the 20th anniversary of the creation of this consultative body established by UNESCO in 1993, a new IBC Draft Report on the principle of non-discrimination and non-stigmatization, as set out in Article 11 of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005) will be examined and possibly finalized to be submitted to the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) to be held at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, on 5 and 6 September 2013.

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