Seminar for the establishment of a National Bioethics Committee in Uruguay

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A one-day seminar which will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 23 August 2013, will bring together thirty national and international experts of bioethics with representatives from several organizations related to the creation of a National Bioethics Committee in Uruguay.

Organized by the Bioethics Unit of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the Universidad de la República of Uruguay and the Regional Programme on Bioethics and the Ethics of Science of UNESCO in Latin America and the Caribbean, this one-day workshop aims to open and promote a pluralistic dialogue in the perspective to establishment a such national structure devoted to bioethics.

Thus, the seminar foresees to allow a true exchange of ideas just after a series of presentations which will be done by the experts.

In trying to make Bioethics everyone’s business, UNESCO supported, all over the world, the establishment and strengthening of national bioethics committees, essential platforms for the implementation of international legal instruments.

As of 1st January 2013, with the support of UNESCO, 17 countries had already established a bioethics national committee: Armenia (2007); Azerbaijan (2000); Belarus (2006); Chad (2011); Dominican Republic (2012); Ivory Coast (2002); El Salvador (2009); Gabon (2008); Ghana (2009); Guinea (2007); Jamaica (2009); Kenya (2009); Malawi (2011); Malaysia (2010); Oman (2011); , Russian Federation (2007); and Togo (2007).

At the same date, many other countries had approached UNESCO to create similar structures, including Uruguay.


Type of Event Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Start 23.08.2013 08:00 local time
End 23.08.2013 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Vidal, Susana
Organizer Bioethics Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean
Contact Paula Santos,
Country Uruguay
City Montevideo
Venue Rectorate of Universidad de la República (UDELAR) del Uruguay
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, Spanish
Estimated number of participants 30
Official Website Network of National Bioethics Committees in Latin America and the Caribbean (in Spanish)
Link 1 Ethics of Science and Technology at UNESCO
Link 2 1993-2013: 20 years of bioethics at UNESCO
Link 3 The Assisting Bioethics Committees (ABC) Programme
Link 4