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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
16-12-2003 11:30 am The Bureaux of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee (IBC) and Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) will meet with the chairpersons of the national bioethics committees of European Union nations in Rome on December 19-20 at the invitation of the Italian Government, which currently presides the European Union.

This meeting is the first step in a consultation process that is being undertaken by UNESCO towards the elaboration of a future declaration on universal norms on bioethics.

The Bureau of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) will meet first on December 18 to prepare the 2004-2005 work-plans of the IBC, which will be dominated by preparation of the declaration. This will be followed on December 19 by a joint meeting of the IBC Bureau and the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) to discuss ways of improving cooperation between these two authorities.

On December 19-20, members of the two Bureaux will meet the Chairpersons of the national bioethics committees of the European Union, who will be meeting in Rome at the same time.

This meeting will mark the start of the consultation process requested by Member States at the last UNESCO General Conference, which invited the Director-General of UNESCO to submit a draft declaration on bioethics for their consideration. The debate will include the form and breadth of the future declaration, as well as the modalities of cooperation with bioethics committees for its elaboration.

The future declaration will have a much wider scope than the declarations already adopted by UNESCO on the human genome (1997) and on human genetic data (2003).

Source Media advisory No 2003 - 108


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