02.12.2016 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

Member States invited to comment on first draft of the Declaration of ethical principles in relation to climate change

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Member States of UNESCO have invited the Director-General “to prepare [...] a preliminary text of a non-binding declaration on ethical principles in relation to climate change” which is to be submitted to the 39th session of the General Conference in 2017 (38 C/Resolution 42).

The elaboration of the Declaration has begun.

The Director-General constituted an Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) to advice UNESCO in the elaboration of a preliminary text of a declaration.

At the generous invitation of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, the first meeting of the group of experts was held in Rabat from 20 to 24 September 2016. During this meeting, the AHEG was tasked with preparing the first draft of a preliminary text of a declaration.

Until 1 February 2017, Member States are invited to organize national and regional consultations on the first draft so as to submit comments to the Director-General (in French or English).

In June 2017, a second draft will be considered by representatives of Member States who are invited to an intergovernmental conference to be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The outcome of this conference will then be reviewed by the 202nd session of the Executive Board of UNESCO, and transmitted to the General Conference of the Organization for its consideration.

According to 38 C/Resolution 42, a declaration on ethical principles in relation to climate change is to complement existing reference instruments and its preparation is to be carried out in cooperation with the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST), in consultation with Member States and taking into consideration the outcome of negotiations within the framework of the 21st and 22nd sessions of the Conference of Parties (COP-21 and COP-22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The process for the preparation of this preliminary text was approved by the 199th session of the Executive Board (199 EX/Decision 5.I.B) in April 2016.


Official replies of Member States should be submitted in English or French, and sent to:

Ms Nada Al-Nashif
Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences
7 place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07 SP FRANCE
E-mail: adclimate@unesco.org

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