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null Sixteenth session of the International Bioethics Committee in Mexico, November 23-25, 2009

Further to its postponement for health reasons related to the A(H1N1) influenza epidemic in Mexico City (Mexico), the Sixteenth (ordinary) Session of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO (IBC) (initially scheduled in May 2009) will now be held in Mexico City, from 23 to 25 November 2009.

As initially scheduled, two main topics will be discussed during this session: the principle of social responsibility and health as set forth in Article 14 of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005) and the issue of human cloning and international governance. IBC will finalize its work on article 14 of the Declaration and will hold a first reflection on the follow up to be given to its Report on Human Cloning and International Governance. IBC will also finalize its work programme for 2010-2011 and elect its new Bureau.

Moreover, since the session will take place in the Latin American and Caribbean region, an entire day will be devoted to “Bioethics in Latin America and the Caribbean: Experiences and perspectives”.

Created in 1993, the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) is a body of 36 independent experts appointed by UNESCO's Director-General in their personal capacities. The Committee follows progress in the life sciences and its applications in order to ensure respect for human dignity and freedom.

The sessions are open to the public.

Further information and working documents

IBC Secretariat:
Ms Sabina Colombo
Section of Bioethics
Division of Ethics of Science and Technology
Tel.: + 33 (0)1 45 68 39 39 / 38 03
Fax: + 33 (0)1 45 68 55 15