21st Session of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC)
The 21st Session of the IBC will be organized from 8 to 12 September. The public meetings of the 21st Session will be held in conjunction with the Joint Session of the IBC and the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) on 9 and 10 September 2014.
The two main topics to be discussed are the elaboration of the principle of the sharing of benefits as set out in Article 15 of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005), and the update of the IBC’s reflection on the human genome and human rights.
In addition, the revision of the Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers (1974) has been included as an item for discussion, so as to ensure that the feedback of the two Committees are taken into consideration in this process.
Furthermore, an item has also been added about the current global reflection on addressing the ethical aspects of converging technologies.
Meetings reserved only for members of the IBC will take place on 8, 11 and 12 September 2014.
The working languages will be English and French, and simultaneous interpretation will be provided in these languages. In accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the IGBC, simultaneous interpretation will also be provided in Arabic, Russian and Spanish during the Joint Session of the IBC and the IGBC, as well as the public meetings of the 21st Session of the IBC since these will take place in conjunction with the Joint Session.
The International Bioethics Committee (IBC) is a body of 36 independent experts that follows progress in the life sciences and its applications in order to ensure respect for human dignity and freedom. It was created in 1993.
The Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) was created in 1998, under Article 11 of the Statutes of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC). It is comprised of 36 Member States whose representatives meet at least once every two years to examine the advice and recommendations of the IBC. It informs the IBC of its opinions and submits these opinions along with proposals for follow-up of the IBC's work to UNESCO's Director-General for transmission to Member States, the Executive Board and the General Conference.