High recognition for UNESCO’s work on bioethics in Eastern Europe
The second day of the 18th session of the International Bioethics Committee was devoted to highlighting the convergent and mutually reinforcing efforts of UNESCO and Eastern European Member States to address the ethical questions that these countries confront.
The session was inaugurated by Dafna Feinholz, Chief of the UNESCO Bioethics Section. She presented UNESCO’s most recent work in bioethics with a strong emphasis on the assistance provided to Member States for building sustainable national bioethics infrastructures. Focusing on Eastern Europe, Alla Ampar from UNESCO’s Office in Moscow and Professor Olga Kubar, Russian IBC member, then underlined the major initiatives specifically developed by the Organization for the region. They particularly acknowledged the important achievements with regards to awareness raising within the media.
The rest of the day specialists from various countries in Eastern Europe presented the main priorities and challenges they are specifically facing in the field of bioethics. They voiced the region’s general appreciation of UNESCO’s efforts towards countries’ capacity building and awareness raising: the Bioethics Core Curriculum, which has been elaborated by UNESCO based on the principles of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, and the Global Ethics Observatory (GEObs), UNESCO’s system of databases. Both were unanimously deemed major contributions for bioethics in the region.