20.08.2009 - UNESCO Social and Human Sciences

Asia-Pacific: Experts Consultation on Ethics of Energy Technologies and Social Sciences

The Regional Unit in Social and Human Sciences in Asia and the Pacific (RUSHSAP) of the UNESCO office in Bangkok is holding, on August 25 2009, a consultation of social science experts from the Asia-Pacific region within the framework of the Ethics of Energy Technologies in Asia and the Pacific (EETAP) project in Bangkok (Thailand).

During this consultation, the participants will discuss the reports prepared by 15 working groups, composed of engineers, philosophers, policy markers, experts and young individuals, on the ethical issues linked to energy technologies as well as related environmental and human security issues.

Among the themes that will be discussed: How should a country decide on which energy technologies to develop and which strategies to follow, given the environmental crisis? ; Energy flow, environment, and ethical implications of meat production or energy equity and human security.

The objective is to formulate, on the basis of those reports, concrete policy recommendations but also to create a multidisciplinary network of experts on those issues.

Indeed, initiated by UNESCO in 2007, the EETAP project aims to encourage intercultural and multidisciplinary scientific discussions on environmental ethics to produce recommendations relevant for long-term policy making. Thus, every UNESCO Member State of the country has been consulted and several working group sessions have been organized, including roundtables during the 6th Ordinary Session of The World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST).

Furthermore, in order to generate an interactive and open discussion around those questions, an on-line discussion group (unesco_eet(at)yahoogroups.com), to which ministers of the region participate, is currently available as well as all the documents linked to the project.

For further information or to participate to this consultation, please contact:
Darryl Macer, rushsap(at)unescobkk.org, tel.: +66(0) 2391 0577, extension 147

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