Extraordinary Session of COMEST

Quebec, Canada, 1-2 October 2014

At the kind invitation of the Government of Quebec, the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) held its Extraordinary Session from 1 to 2 October 2014 in Quebec, Canada, and for the first time on the continent of North America. The meeting was jointly organized by UNESCO and the Science and Technology Ethics Commission of Quebec and hosted by Laval University. The Session was also supported by the Canadian National Commission for UNESCO and a number of governmental and non-governmental organizations in Quebec.

It was an opportunity for COMEST to extend the ethical issues concerning science and technology and to enlarge its debates.

Given the importance of COMEST’s work in the areas of science ethics and ethical challenges relating to new technologies, key areas discussed at the meeting were:

After the Extraordinary Session of COMEST, an International Symposium entitled "Addressing Water Security Challenges: Policy, Technical and Ethical Responses" was organized, on 3 October 2014, by the "Institut Hydro-Québec en environnement, développement et société" (Hydro-Québec Institution on Environment, Development and Society) of Laval University and UNESCO in partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Government of Quebec, Hydro Quebec and “Fondation de la faune du Québec” (Wildlife Foundation of Quebec), and with the participation of the members of COMEST. The meeting was an excellent opportunity to exchange views between the Canadian and international experts on urgent policy issues relating to water and the emerging issues in water ethics based on COMEST’s earlier work and its 2004 report on “Best Ethical Practice in Water Use”.



World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology COMEST
Division of Ethics, Youth and Sport
Tel.: + 33 (0)1 45 68 38 57 / 38 22
Fax: + 33 (0)1 45 68 55 15
E-mail: comest2014(at)unesco.org

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