Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Bioethics at UNESCO

The UNESCO Bioethics Program was created in 1993. It is managed as part of the Social and Human Sciences Program, and supports the International Bioethics Committee. In 1997 the General Conference adopted the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights, the only international instrument in the field of bioethics, which was endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1998.

The UNESCO Bioethics Program website

UNESCO Bioethics Guides:

The program has published three guides, directed at those managing bioethics committees.

Guide #1 Establishing Bioethics Committees

Guide #2,
Bioethics Committees at Work: Procedures and Policies

Guide #3, Educating Bioethics Committees

Also of interest from UNESCO:

A Cross-Cultural Introduction to Bioethics, Darryl R.J. Macer, Ph.D. (Editor), Eubios Ethics Institute, 2006

A list of UNESCO bioethics materials
(All of which can be downloaded free of charge from the list.)

Fourteenth Session of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC)
Nairobi, Kenya, 17-19 May 2007

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