27.05.2011 - UNESCO Social and Human Sciences

UNESCO International Bioethics Committee meets in Azerbaijan to address ethical challenges

From 31 May to 2 June 2011, the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) will meet in Baku (Azerbaijan) for its 18th session organized in cooperation with the National Commission of Azerbaijan for UNESCO and the country’s National Academy of Sciences. Topics on the agenda will be bioethics in Eastern Europe, human vulnerability, human cloning and traditional medicine. The meeting will be chaired by Prof. Donald Evans, one of the leading figures in bioethics at the international level.

The meeting will be opened by Mehriban Aliyeva, First Lady of Azerbaijan and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Mahmud Karimov, President of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, and Pilar Álvarez-Laso, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences. Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, will voice her support through a video message.

During three days, some of the most distinguished bioethics experts from around the world will exchange about their various experiences and perspectives, and address the new ethical challenges raised by today’s fast evolving biomedical science and biotechnology research.

An entire day will be devoted to Bioethics in Eastern Europe. Experts from the region will provide a picture of its particular bioethical challenges, legislations, official bodies and means available for education in bioethics in this part of the world.

The session will also address more closely the three topics of the IBC’s two-year work programme (2010-2011):

  • The principle of respect for human vulnerability and personal integrity which tries to identify the natural conditions and context-related circumstances that increase the chance of a person to be exposed to suffering.
  • The timely and highly controversial issue of human cloning and the much needed re-evaluation of international governance in the light of the recent and fast coming future technological breakthroughs.
  • The highly sensitive issue of the ethical implications of traditional medicine. Several traditional health practitioners from four continents will be invited to share their experience, their training and their understanding of the ethical principles surrounding their very own practice of traditional medicine.

More information on the 18th session

Observers are welcome to attend after free registration with the IBC Secretariat (ibc(at)unesco.org).

IBC Secretariat
Mrs Sabina Colombo
Tel.: + 33 1 45 68 44 28 / 38 03
Fax: + 33 1 45 68 55 15
E-mail: ibc(at)unesco.org

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