21.12.2005 -

UNESCO Conference "Social Justice in Healthcare: Bioethics and Human Rights"

The UNESCO Conference "Social Justice in Healthcare: Bioethics and Human Rights" was held on 7-8 December 2005 in Moscow. The event, initiated by the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology, Social and Human Sciences Sector of UNESCO, took place at the Moscow Humanitarian University and was dedicated to the 1 December – World AIDS Day and 10 December - Human Rights Day.

The UNESCO Conference "Social Justice in Healthcare: Bioethics and Human Rights" was held on 7-8 December 2005 in Moscow. The event, initiated by the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology, Social and Human Sciences Sector of UNESCO, took place at the Moscow Humanitarian University and was dedicated to the 1 December – World AIDS Day and 10 December - Human Rights Day.

The subject of the Conference links the issues of Bioethics as a principal priority of UNESCO activities with the issues of Human Rights in the context of healthcare - the sphere in which ethical standards, legal principles and values of social justice find their practical use.

The sphere of competence of Bioethics is rather wide. These are issues and challenges, inevitably arising due to the progress in science and technology, including life science (bioscience) and medical science: biological and medical researches, medication tests, ethical aspects of relations between medical workers and patients. Besides, Bioethics is to take into consideration social, legal and ecological aspects of ethical problems of Science.

The UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in October 2005, is one of  instruments suggested by UNESCO to Member States for the legislation and policy development in this field. For the dissemination and realization of the principles of the new Declaration in Russia UNESCO initiates a series of projects in the field of education, public awareness as well as promotion of research exchanges and social dialogue.

The Conference was aimed at the promotion of a wide social dialogue between the government and the civil society in the sphere of Healthcare, providing the general public participation and its informed perception of the necessary reforms.

Thematic sessions of the Conference were the following:

1. Observation of human right to healthcare as a priority of healthcare policies;

2. Intersectoral partnership as a factor of social justice in healthcare;

3. Ethical aspects of HIV/AIDS epidemics;

4. State and public expertise in the protection of health.

The event brought together the representatives and experts of state, nongovernmental and international organizations as well as medical, scientific and human rights institutions, donors and patient communities with a purpose to discuss the above mentioned subjects. The discussions resulted in Recommendations on possible ways of cooperation of various parties from all sectors involved in the elaboration and implementation of public health policies and the improvement of relevant services.

Organizations, which representatives were involved in the preparation of the Conference (in alphabetic order):

The UNESCO Office for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Russian Federation in Moscow.Sergey Smirnov, Assistant to the Director for Social and Human Sciences, head of the Organizing committeeDepartment of Defense Industry and High Technologies, Government of RussiaAlexander Martynenko, Head of Science and High Technologies DivisionInstitute of Philosophy, RAS Boris Yudin, corresponding member of RAS, Head of Division of Complex Problems of Human StudiesPavel Tischenko, Senior Researcher, Institute of Philosophy, RASUNESCO Chair for the Development of Non-governmental Organizations.Larissa Konovalova, Chairholder , State University of ManagementMoscow Humanitarian University (MosHU)Valery Lukov, Deputy Rector for scientific research, Director, Institute for Humanitarian Studies, MosHUAndrey Tarasov, Head of the Department for the coordination of scientific research, MosHURegional Public Organization “Community of people living with HIV/AIDS”, Social Partnership Development FundMikhail Rukavishnikov, Director

Final document and Recommendations (PDF, 183 KB)

Leonid Roshal; Igor Ilyinski, Rector of the Moscow Humanitarian University (MosHU);
Boris Yudin, Head of Division of Complex Problems of Human Studies, Institute of Philosophy, RAS

Leonid Roshal, Member of the Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights Council
under the President of the Russian Federation

Sergey Kolesnikov, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Education and Science

Presentation of the brochure "Bioethics: Questions and Answers" by the UNESCO Moscow Office

Pavel Tischenko, Boris Yudin, Institute of Philosophy, RAS

Mikhail Rukavishnikov, Director of the Regional Public Organization “Community of people living with HIV/AIDS”

Boris Yudin, Head of Division of Complex Problems of Human Studies, Institute of Philosophy, RAS

Svetlana Polubinskaya, Institute of State and law, RAS

Vladimir Mendelevich, Director, Institute of psychological health studies, Kazan State Medical University

 

Elena Malysheva, Secretary of Ethics Committee of the Russian State Medical University;
Olga Kubar, President of the Forum of Ethics Committees of CIS

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