Regional Documentation and Information Centre
With the support of UNESCO Cairo Office, the Regional Documentation and Information Centre for Bioethics and Ethics of Science and Technology (RDIC-BEST) was established on 29 March, 2010 in Cairo, Egypt at the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology of Egypt.
UNESCO has developed a number of ethics databases referred to as the Global Ethics Observatory (GEObs). These databases store information on ethics experts, institutions, teaching programmes, laws and guidelines, codes of conduct and resources which are collected from all over the world. The database information is accessible to the public through UNESCO’s main website in order to enhance global information exchange.
The Regional Documentation and Information Centre for Bioethics and Ethics of Science and technology (RDIC-BEST) is the third centre of its kind to be created. After those opened in Lithuania (2004) and in Kenya (2007), this centre will be a key player in promoting and developing activities on bioethics and ethics of sciences and technology in the whole Arab region. This will begin by coordinating and sharing regional data on these fields through the Global Ethics Observatory.
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