12.10.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Expert Group Consultation in Jakarta, Indonesia about Bioethical Perspectives on Haze

Motorists ride through thick haze in Palangkaraya, Indonesia ©CNN

On 12th October 2017, UNESCO Jakarta Office hosted the national consultation meeting about bioethical perspectives on haze.

Participants of the meeting were members of the Indonesian National Bioethics Committee (NBC), as well as representatives of the relevant ministries, universities and research institutes in Indonesia.

The issues brought to the meeting table included:

  • Identifying emerging issues on haze and forest fire in Indonesia, as well as the recent actions taken and policies enacted to address the issues;
  • Sharing best practices and lessons learned among institutions to deal with annual haze in Indonesia; and
  • Discussing potential topics for the inclusion in the Forum of NBCs in December 2017.

For additional information about the Indonesian consultation meeting, please click here.

A similar national-level expert group consultation was held in Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysian stakeholders on the 18th of September 2017, hosted by the Institute of Islamic Understanding of Malaysia (IKIM) – a collaborating research partner of this project.  For more information, please click here.

The Malaysian and Indonesian national consultations are laying the foundation for the regional Forum of NBCs on Haze Pollution on the 6th and 7th of December 2017, to be held in the framework of a Malaysian Funds-in-Trust project on addressing haze from bioethical and sustainability science perspectives. This Forum will use the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, adopted with acclamation by UNESCO in 2005, to frame the debate on haze pollution, and to generate evidence-based, ethically derived recommendations for the relevant actors and stakeholders.

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