28.10.2009 - UNESCO Social and Human Sciences

UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee (IBC) to meet in Mexico City

The Sixteenth Session of UNESCO's International Bioethics Committee (IBC) will take place in Mexico City (Mexico) from 23 to 25 November 2009. Organized in cooperation with the Consejo Consultivo de Ciencias of the Presidency of Mexico, it will be followed by a European Commission-UNESCO conference of experts and members of national bioethics committees from around the world from 26 to 28 November. Initially planned for last May, the two meetings were postponed due to the A(H1N1) flu epidemic.

Three main topics will be discussed during this session: the principle of social responsibility and health as set forth in Article 14 of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005); the issue of human cloning and international governance; and the principle of respect for human vulnerability and personal integrity. IBC will finalize its work on article 14 of the Declaration and will hold a first reflection on the follow up to be given to its Report on Human Cloning and International Governance. IBC will also finalize its work programme for 2010-2011 and elect its new Bureau.

Moreover, since the session will take place in the Latin American and Caribbean region, an entire day will be devoted to “Bioethics in Latin America and the Caribbean: Experiences and Perspectives”.

Created in 1993, the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) is a body of 36 independent experts appointed by UNESCO's Director-General in their personal capacities. The Committee follows progress in the life sciences and its applications in order to ensure respect for human dignity and freedom.

The sessions are open to the public.

Further information and working documents

IBC Secretariat:
Ms Sabina Colombo
Section of Bioethics
Division of Ethics of Science and Technology
Tel.: + 33 (0)1 45 68 39 39 / 38 03
Fax: + 33 (0)1 45 68 55 15
E-mail: s.colombo(at)unesco.org

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