Ethics around the World: programme of the conferences
  • Overview of UNESCO activities
    • Member of the Division EST, will explain the activities in the context of the work plans with emphasis on the following three elements: global ethics observatory (database of names of ethics experts and institutes, examples of teaching programs, and examples of legal regulations and laws), ethics education (establishing and implementing ethics teaching programs, first in East and Central Europe and Latin America, and later in other regions of the world) and rotating conferences.

    • Member of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) will explain the work in the area of bioethics, such as the new work regarding the declaration on universal norms on bioethics

    • Member of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) will explain the work in the area of ethics of science and technology, specifically focusing on the planned activities of COMEST (developing a Code of Conduct for Scientists, exploring the possibility of a Declaration of Ethical Principles regarding the use of outer space, and environmental ethics with the possibility of developing a Declaration of Ethical Principles for the Environment)

  • Interaction with national representatives and professionals
    Different scenarios are possible:
    • Focus on bioethics committees
      Here we can provide information and expertise on bioethics committees, giving advice how to establish them, giving examples of statutes and arrangements, exchanging experiences and literature.
    • Focus on ethics teaching
      Here we can provide information and examples of teaching programmes, discuss with experts what needs to be done in this area, exchange information and create networks.
    • Focus on the elaboration of the declaration on universal norms on bioethics
      In this context, we can have a consultation with experts from the country (or the region), discussing the approach that has been chosen, the scope, and contents of the draft instrument.
    • Focus on implementation of declarations
      Two declarations have been adopted by UNESCO: the Universal Declaration of the Human Genome and Human Rights, and the International Declaration on Human Genetic Data. Information about these declarations can be disseminated, and proposals for implementation in the country discussed.

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