Seventh Session (Paris, 2011)

The seventh session of the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 5 and 6 September 2011.

The session was mainly devoted to examining the work done by the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) in the biennium 2010-2011. IBC’s Report on the principle of respect for human vulnerability and personal integrity finalized at its 18th session (Baku, Azerbaijan, 31 May – 2 June 2011) was discussed and information about the progress made on the two other ongoing issues - human cloning and international governance, traditional medicine and its ethical implications - was provided.

Members of IGBC were also given the opportunity to express their opinion on the preliminary future work programme of IBC for 2012-2013.

The following Member States of IGBC were represented: Austria, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Madagascar, Nigeria, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, United States of America and Venezuela.

As the outcome of the session, IGBC approved a number of conclusions [PDF, 25 KB] which are included in the final report of the meeting.

Information Documents

Working Documents


Secretariat: Mrs Sabina Colombo
Section of Bioethics, Division of the Ethics of Science and Technology
Social and Human Sciences Sector
Tel.: + 33 1 45 68 44 28 / 38 03
Fax: + 33 1 45 68 55 15
e-mail: s.colombo(at)

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