Work programme for 2012-2013
Based on the discussions during the 18th session of the International Bioethics Committee (Baku, Azerbaijan, June 2011) and on the discussions and comments that followed, and based on the conclusions of the 7th session of the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (Paris, September 2011) and on the input of UNESCO’s Secretariat, the Bureau of the IBC has finalized the work programme of the IBC for 2012-2013 as follows:
- IBC will continue its work on traditional medicine and its ethical implications, with the aim of finalizing its report on this topic at its 19th session in 2012.
- The Committee will focus on the principle of non-discrimination and non-stigmatization as set forth in article 11 of the Declaration, by using this principle as a “conceptual umbrella” under which the new risks and responsibilities arising from progress in different sensitive areas of medicine, life sciences and associated technology (including but not limited to biobanks; access to drug; organs, tissues and cells transplantation and trafficking; neuroscience; HIV/AIDS, and nanotechnologies) could be transversally analyzed.
- The possibility of further developing new topics, including regenerative medicine or neuroscience, will be considered by the Committee as a whole at its 19th session in 2012, also based on the progress made on the two other topics.
- In addition, recognizing the importance of the issue of human cloning and international governance for the international community, the Bureau considers appropriate for the biennium 2012-2013 to entrust one-two members of the Committee with following developments in scientific research in this field. If considered appropriate, those members can communicate relevant information to the Committee in order for its members to anticipate newly emerging ethical challenges and inform the UNESCO Director-General.
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