8th Ordinary Session of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST)
This session will bring together the 18 independent experts appointed by the UNESCO Director General, along with representatives of UNESCO’s international science programmes and global science communities, including the International Bioethics Committee (IBC), the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, and delegates from UNESCO’s Member States who are entitled as observers.
The session will focus on four domains:
i) ethics and climate change;
ii) science ethics;
iii) ethics of nanotechnology and converging technologies;
iv) ethical approaches to science, technology and innovation for development.
Pursuant to the decisions made at its extraordinary session in 2012, COMEST will finalize its reports entitled “A Framework of Ethical Principles and Responsibilities for Climate Change Policies” and “Science Ethics”. COMEST will also review activities implemented in 2012 and early 2013 and adopt a horizon for work in 2014 and beyond, taking account of UNESCO’s strategic objectives as reflected in the draft 37C/4 and 37C/5, which will be considered by the Executive Board of UNESCO in April 2013.
After this Ordinary Session of COMEST, a follow-up conference on ethical challenges of science and technology, in conjunction with the Slovak National Commission for UNESCO, will take place on 30 and 31 May 2013 in Bratislava.