Training workshop on ethics, the environment and the human genome

When, local time: 
Monday, 26 March 2018 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 27 March 2018 - 3:00pm
Gabon, Libreville
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Juste Joris Tindy-Poaty,

UNESCO, in partnership with the National Committee for Ethics for Research (CNER), is organizing a training workshop on ethics, the environment and the human genome on 26 and 27 March 2018. It is part of the prospect of partial renewal of the NIRB.

The objective of this training workshop is always to equip the members of the CNER so that, in the face of new ethical challenges that continue to arise in the world in the national as well as international context, the Committee can express itself in an informed way.

As one of the leading international institutions in the field of bioethics, UNESCO assists its member states both in setting up ethics and bioethics committees and in providing technical assistance to their functioning through the project called "ABC" (Assisting Bioethics Committees); project of Assistance to Bioethics Committees.

In the countries where they are established, the vocation of the ethics and bioethics committees is not only to be organs of debate on ethical issues and analysis of development policies but also of implementing the normative instruments of UNESCO in Bioethics such as the "Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights" (1997), the "International Declaration on Human Genetic Data" (2003) and the "Universal Declaration on Bioethics and human rights "(2005).

Created since September 15, 2008, the National Committee of Ethics for Research (CNER) of Gabon has benefited from the support of the ABC project and more specifically from the program "Strengthening the capacity of Member States in Africa to manage bioethical challenges" . As part of the capacity building program, CNER members benefited from three trainings; the first on methods, the second on the fundamental principles of bioethics and the third on ethics, law and health.

The training workshop, which is the subject of this project, will focus on ethics, the environment and the human genome; training which, in the perspective of the partial renewal of the NIRB, will be open to potential new members.