7th Ordinary Session of COMEST, Doha, Qatar, 9-12 October 2011

On the kind invitation of the government of Qatar and the Qatar Science and Technology Park, the seventh Ordinary Session of COMEST was held from 9 to 12 October 2011, in Doha, Qatar – the first time COMEST had met in the Arab region.

It was an important opportunity to discuss ethical matters of science and technology in regional perspective; as well as, at the global level to enlarge the framework of debate on science and technology; and to establish a platform for future activities.

Key areas that were discussed are:

  • Workplans, objectives, and future directions for COMEST, including the relation between COMEST and the International Bioethics Committee (IBC), the composition and management of Working Groups, and the preparation of the 2012 Extraordinary Session.
  • Ethics in relation to climate change, in particular the draft report on “An Ethical Framework for Climate Change Policies”; COMEST adopted a two-page statement on “A Framework of Ethical Principles and Responsibilities for Climate Change Adaptation”.
  • The complementary areas of science governance and science and society relations and the ongoing consultation on implementation of the 1974 Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers.
  • Emerging issues in ethics, notably the ethics of nanotechnologies and converging technologies, and the ethics of the information society.


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