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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
04-09-2003 1:00 pm “Should Human Cloning Be Banned?” is the theme of the next session of 21st Century Talks at UNESCO on September 10, which will bring together four prominent experts: Jean-François Mattei, Mireille Delmas-Marty, José-Maria Cantu and William B. Hurlbut.

UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will introduce this session of the Talks, and Jérôme Bindé - Deputy Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences and Director of the Division of Foresight, Philosophy, and Human Sciences - will lead the discussion.

While some people dream of creating a human being by cloning, for others it is a nightmare. A number of countries are already passing legislation to forbid such a possibility. The Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights, adopted by UNESCO in 1997 and endorsed the following year by the UN, recommends the prohibition of reproductive cloning. But what about therapeutic cloning? Emotional arguments aside, the topic is worthy of debate.

Jean-François Mattei is France’s Minister of Health, Family and Disabled Persons; he is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine (France) and has published widely, including works such as L’Enfant oublié ou les folies génétiques, Le Passeur d’Univers, and Sonate pour un clone.

Mireille Delmas-Marty is a Professor at the College de France (Chair in comparative judicial systems and the internationalization of law). She is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Ethics (France) and has contributed to the collective work, Le clonage humain, and edited Le clonage humain, droits et sociétés.

José-Maria Cantu is a Professor at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and President of the Latin American Human Genome Program. He is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO), the National Academy of Medicine (Mexico), and of the Mexican Academy of Sciences.

William B. Hurlbut is a physician and Consulting Professor in the Program in Human Biology at Stanford University and a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics (USA).

This session of 21st Century Talks, organized by UNESCO’s Division of Foresight, Philosophy, and Human Sciences will be held on September 10 (6 to 8.30 p.m.) at UNESCO Headquarters (Room II), 125 avenue de Suffren, 75007 Paris.

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Source Media Advisory No. 2003-70


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