UNESCO's “Assisting Bioethics Committees” Project: 3rd and Last Training Session in Cote d’Ivoire

In the framework of a 3-year training cycle to develop capacity building in Côte d’Ivoire, this 3-day intensive training will focus on applications of the bioethics principles included in the “Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights” (2005), to ensure the responsiveness of the new National Bioethics Committee established in Cote d’Ivoire in 2009.
With this 3rd training session, Cote d’Ivoire becomes the 2nd country in the world, after Kenya, which completes the training cycle implemented by UNESCO in the framework of the Assisting Bioethics Committees” (ABC) project.

This last training will allow the fifteen members of its National Bioethics Committee not only to get a comprehensive understanding of the internationally-agreed norms on bioethics and human rights, but also to conduct situational analysis, to identify ethical dilemmas at the global level and in their country, and more specifically to learn the deliberative methodology used to deal with them.

In order to raise awareness about current bioethical dilemmas in Côte d’Ivoire, this training will include a public session with the participation of national and international experts.

The “Assisting Bioethics Committees” (ABC) project addresses the needs of participating countries, tailoring the trainings to the needs of each country and each newly-established institution.

Implemented as one part of UNESCO’s bioethics capacity building initiative, derived from the “Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights”, the ABC project guides the countries in the development of their National Bioethics Committees (NBC) over a course of 3 years providing them with one training per year and a variety of resources.

Led by both UNESCO staff and international experts from among UNESCO’s partners, the content of the trainings rely on a series of guides that UNESCO has produced specifically for this aim, and also on the UNESCO Bioethics Core Curriculum, which is primarily designed around the internationally-agreed ethics standards but also around internationally-agreed human rights standards, while it acknowledges and invites local variation. In the third year, the training is designed around a theme chosen by the Committee. For this training the Committee choose the following theme: the contribution that applied bioethics principles make to social peace.

Special consideration is given to promoting gender equality in terms of the content of materials used for training and the development of the agendas and plans of the National Bioethics Committees.

For the trainings, as well as for the capacity building initiative as a whole, UNESCO gives special consideration to addressing first African States, in line with demand.

The trainings for newly-created Committees have been conducted, and evaluated as successful, since 2008 in Côte d’Ivoire, El Salvador, Gabon, Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya and Togo. The first beneficiary country that has completed the training cycle is Kenya (November 2011).

Recently, similar trainings were held for the 2nd time in Gabon (23-27 July) and in Ghana (12-16 November), and for the 1st time, in Chad (1-3 August) and in Malawi (22-24 November).


Type of Event Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Start 27.11.2012 08:00 local time
End 30.11.2012 16:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Feinholz, Dafna
Organizer UNESCO; Comité Consultatif National de Bioéthique de Côte d’Ivoire (CCNB-CI)
Contact d.feinholz@unesco.org
Country Côte d'Ivoire
City Abidjan
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event French
Estimated number of participants 25
Official Website Assisting Bioethics Committees (ABC) Project
Link 1 National Bioethics Committees in Action [PDF]
Link 2 Development of a Core Course in Bioethics
Link 3 Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights
Link 4