Preliminary Work Programme of the IBC for 2014-2015
In accordance with Article 2 paragraph 2 of its Statutes, the Committee engaged in a preliminary reflection on the future work programme of the IBC for 2014-2015 both in public and private working sessions.
In this regard, the IBC decided that its preliminary work programme for 2014-2015 would be as follows:
- The Committee will elaborate Article 15 (Sharing of Benefits) of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights within the context of production of knowledge in the life sciences. This article will be linked to Article 27 (the right to share in scientific advancement and its benefits) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 15 (the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
- In response to the rapid advancements in genetics and genomics, the IBC decided that it is now necessary to update its reflection on the issue of the human genome and human rights, building upon the considerable work done on this topic by the Committee in the past, and in particular, taking into account the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights (1997), the International Declaration on Human Genetic Data (2003), and the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005).
The Committee also endorsed the idea discussed by the UN Interagency Committee on Bioethics (UNIACB) about the possibility to coordinate the activities of its members under the umbrella of Ethics and Governance of Converging Techno-sciences for Equitable Societies, and expressed its willingness to cooperate and actively collaborate with its expertise if this initiative should materialize. In fact the UNIACB had agreed on Ethics and Governance of Converging Techno-sciences for Sustainable Societies, but the IBC proposed that the term “equitable societies” more precisely reflected the idea of achieving equity and justice within the framework of sustainable development.
The Committee will remain open to addressing other emerging bioethical challenges during the 2014-2015 biennium. In this regard, one of the possible examples mentioned by the Chairperson of the IBC is the issue of disabilities.
The IBC entrusted the Bureau to fix its work programme for 2014-2015 at a later stage, taking into account opinions of IBC members, feedback from the 8th Session of the IGBC (5-6 September 2013) and possible indications from the debate at the 37th Session of the General Conference (November 2013).Back to top