8th Ordinary Session of COMEST, Bratislava, Slovakia, 27-29 May 2013
The eighth Ordinary Session of COMEST will be held from 27 to 29 May 2013, in Bratislava, Slovakia, which will be the first session of COMEST to meet in Central Europe.
Key areas that will be discussed are:
- Ethics in relation to climate change – the report “Background for a Framework of Ethical Principles and Responsibilities for Climate Change Policies” will be finalized to provide analytical background for a Framework of Ethical Principles and Responsibilities for Climate Change Adaptation which was adopted at the seventh Ordinary Session of COMEST.
- Upon request of the Executive Board of UNESCO at its 190th session (190 EX/Decisions 10), COMEST will discuss how to proceed its background work towards a framework of ethical principles for climate change which would, if it proves feasible, be available for the consideration of UNESCO in 2015.
- Science ethics – the report “Ethical Issues in Science Governance and the Science-Society Relationship” will be finalized and the revision of the 1974 Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers discussed following the decision of the Executive Board of UNESCO in April 2013.
- Ethics of converging technologies; and ethical approaches to science, technology and innovation for development.
- COMEST will also review activities implemented in 2012 and early 2013 and adopt a horizon for work in 2014 and beyond, taking account of UNESCO’s strategic objectives as reflected in the draft 37C/4 and 37C/5.
After the eighth Ordinary Session, COMEST, in conjunction with the Slovak National Commission for UNESCO, will organize a conference on Emerging Ethical Issues in Science and Technology, from 30 to 31 May 2013, in order to reflect on state-of-the art issues in the field inviting local experts and international agencies.
- Draft Agenda [PDF]
- Background for a Framework of Ethical Principles and Responsibilities for Climate Change Policies [revision n° 5; PDF]
- Ethical and societal challenges of the information society [PDF]
- Ethical issues in science governance and the science-society relationship [PDF]
- Draft Action Plan (2013-2015) to Follow Up the Decision of the Executive Board on the Desirability of Preparing a Declaration of Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change (190 EX/ Decision 10) [PDF]
- Preliminary study on the technical and legal aspects relating to the desirability of revising the 1974 Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers [PDF]
- Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development. First WSIS+10 Review Event. Final Recommendations [PDF]
- In Perspective: Modernising science's social code by David Dickson, in SciDev.Net – the Science and Development Network
- “Globalization of economy and rapid scientific progress raise new challenges” – interview with Mr Ľudovít Molnár, President of the Slovak Commission for UNESCO
- Global Meeting of Experts on the Ethical Aspects of Information Society, Riga, Latvia, 16-17 October 2013