Second Ordinary Session of COMEST, Berlin, Germany, 17-19 December 2001

The Federal Republic of Germany graciously offered to host the second session of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) in Berlin.

In her opening address, H.E. Mrs Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, Chairperson of COMEST, pointed out that science could not be a vehicle for progress unless it was accompanied by humanist values. It must be a means in the service of the interests of mankind and not an end in itself. Science and technology must serve and not enslave us. The chairperson ended her speech by asking the Commission to make its voice heard and promote a culture of responsibility and dialogue.

COMEST devoted this session to the analysis of the work of its Sub-Commissions.

A Youth Forum on the ethics of science and technology was also held and a statement made on the progress of space policy for the benefit of mankind.

Proceedings [PDF, 5 MB]

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