Eighth Session (Paris, 2001)

The Eighth Session of the IBC was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, from 12 to 14 September 2001. Around 350 participants from more than 70 countries throughout the world were present.

The IBC examined two draft reports drawn up by its working groups: the first on ethics, intellectual property and genomics and the second on the collection, treatment, storage and use of genetic data. These reports have since been finalized on the basis of comments and suggestions made by members of the IBC and other participants at the eighth session.

A Round Table on 'Education in Bioethics and Youth' brought together several representatives of young people. The topics chosen by the participants in the Round Table and the diversity of their approaches illustrated the differences of experiences and projects in progress in the field of education in bioethics in different countries.

During this session, and directly in line with the initiative taken by the Director-General of UNESCO to propose for the 2002-2003 biennium the elaboration of an international instrument on genetic data, the IBC proceeded with a hearing of three personal data protection commissioners. Furthermore, a state of the art on the ethical aspects of proteomics illustrated the place occupied by this new branch of research in the post-genomic era and the ethical issues that it can raise.

 

Documents

  • Proceedings of the Eighth Session of the IBC (Vol. I, PDF, 617 KB): this document includes the report of the session, the speeches delivered, the list of participants, the composition of the IBC, the IBC Report on ethics, intellectual property and genomics and the preliminary study of the IBC on the collection, processing, storage and use of human genetic data.
  • Proceedings of the Eighth Session of the IBC (Vol. II, PDF, 617 KB): this multilingual document includes the presentations of participants in the Round Table and the Hearing of Commissioners for the protection of personal data, together with the presentation on proteomics.
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