Workshop on the establishment of a National Bioethics Committee in Nigeria
A workshop to discuss key steps forward towards the establishment of the National Bioethics Committee (NBC) in Nigeria will take place in Akwanga, Nasarawa State (Nigeria), on 7 and 8 June 2017, within the context of UNESCO’s Assisting Bioethics Committees (ABC) Project.
The workshop is organized by UNESCO, in collaboration with the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO, the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) and the International Institute for Biotechnology, UNESCO Category II, at the National University of Nigeria (Nsukka), as a follow-up to the “First Preparatory Meeting on the Establishment of a National Bioethics Committee in Nigeria” that was held in 2009 in Abuja (Nigeria).
This workshop, as a main recommendation from that first meeting, will gather participants from Nigeria and abroad, including a wide spectrum of stakeholders with as diverse background as bioethics, medicine; pharmacy, philosophy, journalism, nursing, law, social science, human rights, civil society, clergy, women and youth organizations, to name a few.
While sharing the lessons from already established NBC in other African countries such as Kenya, participants will discuss important points related to the challenges and opportunities of bioethics for Nigeria as well as specific considerations prior to the establishment of such an institution in the country: legal framework, host institution, mandate, composition, and foreseen activities, among other.
Key steps ahead this meeting will include the inauguration of the NBC and capacity building of its members, establishing thus in Nigeria a body dedicated to reflect and provide advice on main challenges related to bioethics and the ethic of science and technology in the country.