24.03.2009 - UNESCO Social and Human Sciences

UNESCO Regional Workshop on Environmental Ethics in Lomé, Togo

A workshop consisting of experts from South Africa, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, France, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo took place in Lomé from 26 to 28 March to encourage the reinforcement of teaching of environmental ethics in higher education.

Context:

UNESCO’s Ethics of Science and Technology Programme includes, among other things, scientific ethics, environmental ethics and ethical questions on new challenges and new technologies.

This workshop was devoted specifically to environmental ethics, the role of which is to identify, clarify and teach the moral values that must guide environmental and social actions. It must also take into account the environmental issues caused, for example, by climate change and the increasing pressure on biodiversity and vulnerable socio-economic systems. Research and higher education are efficient tools for identifying, clarifying and teaching these values in view of sustainable socio-economic development.

Objectives:

  • Present UNESCO’s actions in the field of environmental ethics;
  • Describe the existing environmental ethics training programmes;
  • Reflect upon the framework for programme development in the LMD (Bachelor-Masters-Doctorate) system.

The workshop was held in the University of Lomé and the Hôtel Ibis Lomé-Centre.  </font></font>




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