Second Session (Paris, 1994)

The IBC held its Second Session at the Organisation's Headquarters in Paris from 20 to 22 September 1994.

The Session was formally opened by Mr Federico Mayor, Director-General of UNESCO in the presence of several eminent people. The IBC then discussed Mr David Shapiro's report on genetic screening and testing and Mr Harold Edgar and Mr Thomas Tursz's report on human gene therapy. In addition, the first international public hearing was given to the promoters of the Human Genome Diversity Project (HGDP). This led to a discussion of the main ethical questions posed by research on population genetics. A meeting was also held to review the state of the teaching of bioethics throughout the world. Mr Héctor Gros Espiell, president of the IBC's Legal Commission, gave a report on the Commission’s work-in-progress concerning the form and content of the proposed international instrument on the protection of the human genome.


  • Proceedings of the Second Session of IBC (Vol. I, PDF, 1.51 MB): this volume includes the annual report and the report of the Session, as well as other reports and speeches presented at the Session.
  • Proceedings of the Second Session of IBC (Vol. II, PDF, 8 MB): this multilingual volume contains background documents submitted to IBC on subjects addressed during its Second Session. These subjects include: genetic screening and testing, therapeutic applications stemming from genetic engineering, population genetics and teaching of bioethics in the world.
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