20 October 2006
This year's Kazakhstan conference on Public Health features a discussion on the current state of bioethics activity in Central Asia. The conference will be held 20-21 October 2006 at the Kargalinski Sanatorium. Researchers and educators from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will describe the current state of bioethics in their countries and efforts to implement ethical dialogue into national policies and curricula of medical, scientific and technological institutions.UNESCO Almaty's current activities in bioethics include the collection of data on ethics experts and ethics education in the region for inclusion into the UNESCO Global Ethics Observatory (GEO) Database. UNESCO Almaty also supports the establishment and strengthening of bioethics committees in Central Asian countries, and the development of a Central Asian network on bioethics.
Since its creation, UNESCO has constantly fought for the principles of equality and justice, and offers States an instrument to set ethical limits to scientific and technical shake-ups. Reflecting the concern that unbridled scientific progress is not always ethically acceptable, UNESCO has made ethics of science and technology one of its five priority areas.