UNESCO's “Assisting Bioethics Committees” Project: 2nd Training Session in Malaysia
In the framework of a 3-year training cycle developed to guide Malaysia in its efforts of capacity building, this 4-day intensive training will allow the members of the Malaysian Bioethics Council, 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 the framework of UNESCO’s ‘Assisting Bioethics Committees’ (ABC) Project, a series of training sessions for National Bioethics Committees is completed to support them through their establishment and early work. In the second year, an introduction to bioethics is offered as a training course for the members of the recently-established national bioethics committee. This training will be based on the principles of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights that has been unanimously acclaimed by all Member States of UNESCO in 2005.
On 9 July 2010 the Government of Malaysia agreed to establish the first National Bioethics Council of Malaysia (Majlis Bioetica Negara), with it secretariat administered by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation of Malaysia (MOSTI). The Council plays a role as an advisory panel that discusses and resolves bioethical issues that may have an impact concerning the environment, social issues, health, culture, law and religions, and Malaysian society in general.
Following the launching of the Council in 2012, UNESCO supported the first training of the Council in 2013.
The UNESCO 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.
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.