Ethics of Science and Technology
UNESCO's programme of Ethics of Science and Technology aims to promote reflection on ethical implications of scientific research and its applications. In our time of rapid progress in science and technology, different disciplines of sciences become more and more inter-related. Therefore, assesment of ethical issues requires interdisciplinary perspectives.
UNESCO's involvement in Ethics of Science and Technology started in 1998 when the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) was created as an advisory body. COMEST has examined emerging ethical issues in the field of science and technology and produced a numerous reports and publications on ethics of water, outerspace, ethics of nanotechnologies, etc.
In coordination with COMEST, we are currently focusing on the following issues in the Arab region: