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Nineteenth 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).

imageHighlighting the importance of potential damages, such as discrimination and stigmatization, that advances in science and technology could cause in bioethics, these topics will be addressed in a two-phase debate:  first, discussions will be held between experts, which will be followed by a public plenary session gathering both experts and representatives of governments that will take place from 11 to 14 September (on 10 September, a private session will be held for IBC members).

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 implement appropriate legislative frameworks to provide higher quality delivery of traditional medicine;
  • 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.

imageInformation Documents

Working Documents

 

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Contact
IBC Secretariat
Mr Tee Wee Ang
Bioethics Programme
Division of Ethics and Global Change
Tel.: + 33 (0)1 45 68 39 45
Fax: + 33 (0)1 45 68 55 15
E-mail: ibc(at)unesco.org

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