UNESCO's “Assisting Bioethics Committees” Project: 1st Training Session in Ecuador
In the framework of a 3 years training cycle developed to guide Ecuador in its efforts of capacity building, this 3-day intensive training will focus on applications of the bioethics principles included in the “Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights” (2005).
Part of UNESCO's “Assisting Bioethics Committees” (ABC) project, this 1st training will allow the 20 members of this Bioethics Committee, not only to get a comprehensive understanding of the internationally-agreed norms on Bioethics and Human Rights, but also to conduct situational analysis, to identify ethical dilemmas at the global level and in their country, and more specifically to learn the deliberative methodology used to deal with them.
In order to raise awareness about current bioethical dilemmas in Ecuador, this training will include a public session with the participation of national and international experts. During this session a cooperation agreement will be signed with the National Commission of Bioethics and Health of Ecuador, through which the country will receive technical assistance for a period of three years.
The ABC project, in the framework of which this session takes place, offers to countries participating to address their needs, tailoring the trainings to the needs of each country and each newly-established institution.
Implemented as one part of UNESCO’s bioethics capacity building initiative, derived from the “Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights”, this project guides countries in the development of their National Bioethics Committee (NBC) over a course of 3 years providing them with one training per year and a variety of resources.
Led by both UNESCO staff and international experts from among UNESCO’s partners, the content of the trainings rely on a series of guides that UNESCO has produced specifically for this aim, and also on the UNESCO Bioethics Core Curriculum, which is primarily designed around the internationally-agreed ethics standards but also around internationally-agreed human rights standards, while it acknowledges and invites local variation.
Special consideration is given to promoting gender equality in terms of the content of materials used for training and the development of the agendas and plans of the National Bioethics Committees.
Since 2008, this type of training has been successfully conducted in Jamaica and El Salvador. Other courses are being negotiated with Colombia and Argentina.