27.09.2008 -

Kazan Hosted Russian and International Experts in Bioethics

One more significant event dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was arranged with the support of the UNESCO Moscow Office. On 26-27 September 2008 Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan (Russia) hosted the Congress «Bioethics and Human Rights».

One more significant event dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was arranged with the support of the UNESCO Moscow Office. On 26-27 September 2008 Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan (Russia) hosted the Congress «Bioethics and Human Rights».

The Congress was organized by the Kazan Medical State University in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Forum of Ethics Committees of CIS countries (FECCIS) and the Russian National Bioethics Committee at the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO with the support of the Governments of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Scientific Council on Biotechnologies RAS and the UNESCO Moscow Office.

The Congress gathered UNESCO experts and experts in the field of bioethics from CIS countries, Turkey and Czech Republic as well as representatives of the Governments of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tatarstan. The Programme of the meeting contained many interesting reports and presentations on such important subjects as principles of UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights and its realization in Russia and CIS; the role of national bioethics committees in realization of UNESCO normative documents on bioethics: bioethics issues in mass media – the role of public debates; bioethics, sport and doping: issues of healthcare and human rights; bioethics education; social justice in healthcare etc.

In the framework of the Congress the General Assembly of Forum of Ethics Committees of CIS Countries was held. One of the key issues of its agenda was the discussion on the enlargement of the scope of the activities of national ethics committees on all levels: national, regional, local or institutional. Mr Henk ten Have, the Director of the Department of Ethics of Science and Technology, UNESCO, in his presentation stressed that “the purpose of these committees is to foster the exchange of ideas and information, support decision-making, develop tools for standard setting, and strengthen coordination and contacts among experts and institutions (e.g. through databases). They reinforce the role of UNESCO as an international clearing house for ethical issues.”

All the participants agreed that it is important to continue efforts with a view to establish in the subregion independent, multidisciplinary and pluralist ethics committees at all levels: national, regional, local or institutional levels, their networking in the subregion and their further cooperation within the Network.

Airat Farrakhov,
Minister of Health Care of the Republic of Tatarstan with local mass media

Farid Moukhametshin, Chairman of Tatarstan State Council during the meeting with FECCIS members

Henk ten Have,
Director of the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology, UNESCO

 




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