18.06.2010 - UNESCO Social and Human Sciences

Just published: "Report of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee on Social Responsibility and Health"

The Report of IBC on Social Responsibility and Health (2009) has just been published as the second issue of the series devoted to the IBC’s reflection and deliberations on specific principles of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005).

In dealing with Article 14 of the Declaration, which introduces the principle of social responsibility and health in the field of bioethics, IBC does not pretend to have drawn up an exhaustive or prescriptive document.  The report is built upon the large amount of work and debates on public health policy issues already carried out in other international bodies, in particular the World Health Organization (WHO); it attempts to find a proper balance between the empirical data, the theoretical discourse and the practical implications arising when applying the principle of social responsibility and health.

After a descriptive part on the social determinants of health and constraints on health access, and a specific section devoted to the elaboration of the ethical and legal dimensions of the principle of social responsibility and health, the Report presents a sample of possible concrete strategies and courses of action in order to translate the principle of social responsibility and health into specific policy applications, with a view to promote the highest attainable standard of health for all.

This publication is currently available in English and will soon be available in French; copies can be obtained from the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology, Bioethics Section (ibc(at)unesco.org).

Download the publication in English [PDF, 1.5 MB]

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