UNESCO has conducted a series of ethics conferences in various countries in co-operation with the National Commissions for UNESCO in those countries. The conferences disseminated information about UNESCO's program on the ethics of science and technology and also helped establish contacts with experts and interested parties in the host countries.
UNESCO and the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean of the World Health Organization (WHO/EMRO) have a joint bioethics initiative in the Arab and Eastern Mediterranean Region. The UNESCO Cairo office (UCO) is the focal point for bioethics and ethics of science and technology projects for UNESCO’s Member States in the Arab region.
UNESCO also has a program assisting the development of independent, multidisciplinary and pluralist ethics committees at national, regional, local or institutional levels where such committees had not previously been established. That program has been assisting African nations.