19th Session of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) and Joint Session of the IBC and the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC)

In accordance with the work programme of the IBC for 2012-2013, two main topics will be discussed during these meetings: the issue of traditional medicine and its ethical implications and the principle of non-discrimination and non-stigmatization, set forth in article 11 of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005).

Two key documents will provide a background for the debate:

- On the one hand, a Draft Report on Traditional medicine and its ethical implications, that invites governments to focus on the right of every human being to access quality healthcare and on the principle of respect for cultural diversity and pluralism;

- And on the other hand, a compilation of 6 papers initiating a debate on the new risks and responsibilities induced by the advancements made in biomedicine (biobanks, access to drugs, transplant and organ trafficking, as well as tissue and cell trafficking, neuroscience, HIV/AIDS and nanotechnologies), gathering these under the conceptual umbrella of the principle of non-discrimination and non-stigmatization, as set out in Article 11 of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights.

The IBC, the only body with international scope regarding bioethics, was created in 1993 and is composed of 36 independents experts appointed by the Director-General of UNESCO for a 4-year mandate. These experts in life sciences and social sciences release conclusions and recommendations on specific issues related to the application of scientific advancements while respecting the principle of dignity and freedom of the human being.

Created in 1998, the IGBC gathers 36 member States elected by the General Conference of UNESCO for a 4-year mandate. It informs the IBC of its opinions and submits these opinions along with proposals for follow-up of the IBC's work to the Director-General of UNESCO for transmission to Member States, the Executive Board and the General Conference.

Information and working documents are available on the webpage of the sessions (see link below).


Type of Event Category 5-Advisory Committee
Start 11.09.2012 08:00 local time
End 14.09.2012 16:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Ang, Tee Wee
Organizer UNESCO
Contact t.ang@unesco.org
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room XI
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 200
Official Website More information on the sessions
Link 1 Agenda of the 19th Session of IBC [PDF]
Link 2 Agenda of the joint session of IBC and IGBC [PDF]
Link 3 International Bioethics Committee (IBC)
Link 4 Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC)