Bioethics and Ethics of Science and Technology: A Regional Documentation Centre inaugurated in Cairo
A Regional Documentation and Information Centre for Bioethics and Ethics of Science and Technology (RDIC-BEST) was inaugurated on 29 March 2010 in Cairo, Egypt, at the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology of Egypt.
Established with the support of UNESCO's Programme on Social and Human Sciences, the Regional Documentation and Information Centre for Bioethics and Ethics of Science and technology is the third centre of its kind. After those opened in Lithuania (2004) and in Kenya (2007), this centre is a key player in promoting and developing activities on bioethics and ethics of sciences and technology in the whole Arab region, beginning by coordinating and sharing regional data on these fields through the Global Ethics Observatory.
The opening ceremony of the centre took place in Cairo on Monday 29 March 2010. The centre was inaugurated by H. E. Dr Hany Helal, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr Tarek Hussein, President of Academy of Scientific Research and Technology and Dr Tarek Shawki, Director of UNESCO Office in Cairo along with Dr Henk ten Have, UNESCO’s (former) Director of the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology, Dr Yehia Halim Zaki, Head of the Academic and Cultural Sector of the Bibliotheca Alexandria, Dr. Abdulaziz Alswailem, Chairman of the National Committee of Biomedical Ethics-KSA and Dr. Mohamed Aouane, Director of NABNet, NEPAD-Tunisia.
One of the most important mandates of UNESCO is to assist Member States in capacity-building to address ethical issues raised by the development of scientific research and biomedicine. UNESCO promotes standard-setting, the establishment of ethics committees, bioethics education, information dissemination and awareness-raising in these fields.
UNESCO has developed a number of ethics databases referred to as the Global Ethics Observatory (GEObs) which store information on ethics experts, institutions, teaching programmes, laws and guidelines, codes of conduct and resources which are collected from all over the world. The database information is accessible to the public through UNESCO’s main website in order to enhance global information exchange.
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