Work Programme of the IBC for 2014-2015
Based on the discussions during the 20th Session of the International Bioethics Committee (Seoul, Republic of Korea, June 2013), and based on the conclusions of the 8th Session of the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (Paris, September 2013), as well as on the input of UNESCO’s Secretariat, the Bureau of the IBC finalized in March 2014 the work programme of the Committee for 2014-2015 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 UNIACB 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, as deemed appropriate by the IBC, 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.
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