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Home > Ethical Principles - Updated: 04-05-2006 3:01 pm
Developing Ethical Principles and Guidelines for Sustainable Development  
Reflections on ethical aspects and dimensions of sustainable development are too often discounted. Yet for a concept such as sustainable development, with its concern with the relations between present and future generations, consideration of the ‘ethics of the future’ would appear critical. This would seem to be particularly so during a period when advances in biotechnology have triggered widespread public and political attention, when the processes of globalization have contributed to a whole new set of ethical challenges and dilemmas.

Within such a context, one of UNESCO’s major strategic thrusts calls for the promotion of principles, policies and ethical norms to guide scientific and technological development that is sustainable. These effortsdraw on the work of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) and the
World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST)
, as well as more specific studies in such fields as genetically modified organisms.

Photo:© Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Earth from above/UNESCO

Youth, Sustainable Consumption and Lifestyles@
In a joint project , UNESCO and UNEP seek to gain better understanding of young people’s consumption patterns and to work with them in promoting more sustainable consumption patterns for the future. >> More

Sustainable Human Development - by UNESCO
01/06/2002 -Since the Earth Summit, sustainable development has been a key theme as a series of United Nations conferences discussing pathways to development.More

Thinking about the Future - by UNESCO
01/06/2002 -No one knows what the future will be, except that it will be very different from what life is today and that decisions about whether the future is a sustainable one or not will depend upon changes in human culture.More

Thinking about Forever - by UNESCO
01/06/2002 -Underlying all our images of a sustainable future is the key principle that sustainability is about 'thinking about forever'.More

A Dynamic Balance - by UNESCO
01/06/2002 -The dynamic balance between cultural differences and this emerging global ethic is a key concept in educating for a sustainable future.More

International Bioethics Committee (IBC)
Created in 1993, to respond to the major concerns raised by progress in the life and health sciences, in particular genetics and biotechnology.
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Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future
A Multimedia Teacher Education Programme
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World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST).
The ethics of freshwater use and of energy are among the topics assessed by sub-commissions of the COMEST.
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Youthxguide50.jpgYouth Xchange - by UNESCO
This guide and website have been designed to serve as a tool kit to help trainers involve the largest possible number of young people in sustainable consumption efforts. More

belovedplanet50.gifMy Beloved Planet - by UNESCO
With humour, but with scientific rigour, his book sets out some of the complex problems related to the environment and population that affect the whole world. More

incertitudes50.jpg‘OGM. Le champ des incertitudes: 5 fiches pour comprendre, anticiper, debattre’(2000) - by
Set of pedagogic materials on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), available in French and Spanish. More

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