Extraordinary Session of COMEST, Paris, France, 12-13 November 2008
The World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) held an Extraordinary Session at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 12 and 13 November 2008.
During the session, the following items were discussed:
- Environmental ethics, including ethical implications of climate change;
- Science ethics, including particularly the implementation of the 1974 Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers;
- Nanotechnology ethics;
- Information ethics.
Pierre Sané, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, addressed the opening session on behalf of the UNESCO Director-General. Alain Pompidou, the Acting President of COMEST, introduced the objectives and modalities of COMEST for 2008-2009.
- Programme of the Extraordinary Session of COMEST [PDF, 65 KB]
- List of participants [PDF, 26.8 KB]
- Speeches and presentations
- Opening speech of Mr Sané, Assistant Director General of the Social and Human Sciences Sector, at the Extraordinary Session [PDF, 34 KB]
- UNESCO programmes in ethics of science and technology and COMEST's role in supporting them [PDF, 1.72 MB]
- COMEST objectives and modalities (2008-2009) - Mr Alain Pompidou [PDF, 210 KB]
- Environmental ethics and ethics of climate change - Mr Johan Hattingh [PDF, 158 KB]
- Overview presentation of issues and ongoing activities in science ethics - Mr Alain Pompidou [PDF, 56.6 KB]
- Nanotechnology ethics - status review [PDF, 165 KB]
- Addressing the ethical dimensions of the Information Society - Mr Radoykov Boyan [PDF, 44 KB]
John Crowley, j.crowley(at)unesco.org
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