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The action of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology - COMEST

Ethics of Science and Technology is no longer an option but a necessity. The importance of science and technology for the shaping of society, for the avoidance of environmental damage and for providing realistic options for development policies is no longer arguable. Nowadays the changes brought about by the fast pace of scientific discoveries and technological progress raise crucial questions and open up new avenues of ethical reflection, to guarantee that humanity can benefit from these extraordinary achievements in a harmonious way.

Mindful of this, in 1998 UNESCO set up the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology - COMEST. As an advisory body and forum of reflection, the Commission has the task to formulate ethical principles that could provide decision-makers, in sensitive areas, with selection criteria other than purely economic. More ...
Keywords: ethics, science, technology, freshwater, education, environment, space, information society, comest
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    Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST).
The Director-General of UNESCO, Ko´chiro Matsuura, gave an opening address at Headquarters in Paris, on 14 May, on the occasion of the extraordinary session of COMEST.  More...

 

  medal.gif   Award on 26 April of the Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science to Margaret Somerville
Paris, April 22 ľ UNESCO Director-General Ko´chiro Matsuura will present the Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science on April 26 (Room II, 6.30 pm) to its first laureate, Margaret A. Somerville, in the presence of Jafar Towfighi, the Iranian Minister of Science, Research and Technology.  More...

 

  comest white bkgrd.gif   Rio de Janeiro Declaration on Ethics in Science and Technology
More than 600 people attended the Third Session of COMEST in Brazil over its four days, including students, policymakers, members of the scientific community, IGOs and NGOs.  More...

 

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  Henk ten Have 
Director
Division of Ethics of Science and Technology

  Elaine Kuok 
Young Professional
Ethics of Science and Technology Section
Division of Ethics of Science and Technology

  Simone H. C. Scholze 
Programme specialist
Ethics of Science and Technology Section
Division of Ethics of Science and Technology

  Julien Tort 
Associate Programme Specialist
Ethics of Science and Technology Section
Division of Ethics of Science and Technology





 
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Created in 2003 to increase international awareness and to highlight the importance of ethics in science.
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