Sixth Session (Rabat, 1999)

At the kind invitation of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, the Sixth Session of the IBC, the First Session of the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) and the first joint session of the two bodies was held in Rabat, Morocco from 7 to 13 October 1999 under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and the Effective Presidency of His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, who attended the opening ceremony on 7 October, accompanied by the members of the Moroccan Government.

The Session was dedicated to the 'Follow-up of the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights' and to the subject of 'Confidentiality and Genetic Data'.

The session devoted to the follow-up of the Declaration led to the adoption by the IBC of guidelines for the implementation of the Declaration, which were to be later approved by the IGBC. The General Conference of UNESCO endorsed these guidelines at its 30th session. Moreover, the presentation of the draft report on 'Confidentiality  and Genetic Data' allowed for valuable comments and suggestions to be made.

A round-table on 'Bioethics and Public Debate: Information, Education, Participation' was also organized. It gathered together a number of representatives, in particular from the education sector, the media, non governmental organizations, ethics committees and young people. The different interventions and debates they gave rise to brought out the paramount importance of associating all actors concerned in the public debate on bioethics and of fostering information and education at all levels of society.

The IGBC, which was meeting for the first time since its inception, was informed of the work of the IBC since the adoption of the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights in 1997, and more particularly its work at the sixth session and the follow-up of the Declaration.

Documents

  • Proceedings of the Sixth Session of the IBC and the First Session of the IGBC (Vol. I, PDF, 4 MB): this volume includes the Report on Confidentiality and Genetic Data, the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights, the speeches delivered during these meetings and the list of participants.
  • Proceedings of the Sixth Session of the IBC and the First Session of the IGBC (Vol. II, PDF, 4 MB): this multilingual volume includes the presentations of participants in the round table, as well as the state-of-the-art presentations on research on cloning, xenotransplantion and research on embryonic stem cells and interspecific hybrids, which were given during the session reserved for the members of the IBC.
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