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Two UNESCO meetings focus on bioethics

Paris – Two meetings on bioethics will be held at UNESCO this month. One is the third session of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC), on June 23 and 24 (Room XIII, 1 rue Miollis). The other, June 25-27 (Room XI, 7 Place de Fontenoy), is a special meeting of government-appointed experts responsible for finalizing the draft of an international declaration on human genetic data, to be submitted for adoption to UNESCO’s General Conference in October.

During its third session, the IGBC will focus on several recommendations from UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee (IBC) on: pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, germline intervention, and the possible drawing up of a universal bioethics instrument. Another IBC recommendation – on ethics, intellectual property and genomics – and an IBC memorandum on patenting the human genome will also be on the agenda, along with an assessment of the impact of the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights. Relevant documents can be consulted at: www.unesco.org/ibc/fr/cigb/s3/index.htm.

Some 100 governmental experts are expected to attend the meeting whose opening ceremony will take place on June 25 in Room XI at 10 a.m. They will work on the text of a draft international declaration on human genetic data produced in recent months by the IBC’s Drafting Group. The IBC as a whole reviewed the text during its last two meetings, in Montreal and Paris. An international consultation has also taken place in recent months. This meeting of experts may be extended to June 28 and 29, if necessary.

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Publication Date 18 Jun 2003
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