SDGs and the role of ethics in Southern Africa: Promoting Bioethics, Ethics Education and Research

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 - 8:00am to Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 10:00am
Botswana, Gaborone
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Charaf Ahmimed,

A regional conference titled “SDGs and the role of ethics in Southern Africa: Promoting bioethics, ethics education and research” will be taking place on October 17-18 with the participation of 12 countries.

There will be 24 speakers and 9 moderators to provide their expertise on the following conference themes: i) setting the scene of bioethical issues in Africa, and ii) identifying and improving bioethics infrastructures in the region. The main expected result is the development of an outcome document/road map for the development of bioethics in SADC countries.

UNESCO’s Regional Office for Southern Africa and its regional counterpart in East Africa are supporting an inter-regional initiative in collaboration with the Botswana Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science, and Technology, the Southern Africa Development Community, and the University of Botswana. The aim of this initiative is to review the status of bioethics in SADC countries, prepare a solid foundation targeting bioethics engagement in Africa, and establish coordination and collaboration at the regional level with participation of the Southern Africa Development Community.

The meeting of SADC Senior Officials responsible for Education and Training, Science, Technology, and Innovation, held on February 22-24, 2016 in Kasane, Botswana noted the instrumental role played by the 2005 Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights in developing a global minimum standard in biomedical research and clinical practice. At the above-mentioned meeting, the Ministers requested UNESCO to support the development of bioethics in the SADC region and acknowledged that the Secretariat, in collaboration with UNESCO, plan to review the MOU between the two organizations which was signed in 1996 and will develop a Plan of Action outlining joint areas of cooperation, including bioethics. It is against this background that the conference will be organized.