Seminar for the establishment of a National Bioethics Committee in Uruguay

When, local time: 
Friday, 23 August 2013 -
9:00am to 6:00pm
Where: 
Uruguay, Montevideo
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Paula Santos, psantos@unesco.org.uy

A one-day seminar which will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 23 August 2013, will bring together thirty national and international experts of bioethics with representatives from several organizations related to the creation of a National Bioethics Committee in Uruguay.

Organized by the Bioethics Unit of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the Universidad de la República of Uruguay and the Regional Programme on Bioethics and the Ethics of Science of UNESCO in Latin America and the Caribbean, this one-day workshop aims to open and promote a pluralistic dialogue in the perspective to establishment a such national structure devoted to bioethics.

Thus, the seminar foresees to allow a true exchange of ideas just after a series of presentations which will be done by the experts.

In trying to make Bioethics everyone’s business, UNESCO supported, all over the world, the establishment and strengthening of national bioethics committees, essential platforms for the implementation of international legal instruments.

As of 1st January 2013, with the support of UNESCO, 17 countries had already established a bioethics national committee: Armenia (2007); Azerbaijan (2000); Belarus (2006); Chad (2011); Dominican Republic (2012); Ivory Coast (2002); El Salvador (2009); Gabon (2008); Ghana (2009); Guinea (2007); Jamaica (2009); Kenya (2009); Malawi (2011); Malaysia (2010); Oman (2011); , Russian Federation (2007); and Togo (2007).

At the same date, many other countries had approached UNESCO to create similar structures, including Uruguay.