Work Programme of COMEST for 2018-2019

Based on the discussions during the 10th Session of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (Paris, September 2017), the Bureau of COMEST finalized in September 2017 the work programme of the Commission for 2018-2019 as follows:

  • The Commission will continue to develop its reflection on “water ethics: ocean, freshwater, coastal areas”, with the participation of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and International Hydrological Programme (IHP), aiming to finalize this work by this biennium.
  • The Commission will also address the topic of the Internet of Things (IoT), reflecting on the ethical considerations of IoT in relation to society, science and sustainability. This work will build on the Commission’s recently finalized report on robotics ethics, with the participation of the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO.

The Commission will remain open to addressing other emerging challenges related to the ethics of science and technology during the 2018-2019 biennium.

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