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Welcome to the Global Summit of National Ethics/Bioethics Committees 2016 in Berlin

From 16 to 18 March 2016, representatives from national ethics councils, national bioethics committees and members of international organizations working in the field of life sciences gathered in Berlin/Germany for the 11th Global Summit of National Ethics/Bioethics Committees.

A report of the Global Summit with a summary of the discussions, the contributions and presentations of the speakers as well as the discussion papers and the abstracts of the marketplace presentations is available here. Moreover, photos of the Summit as well as the presentation slides and the video recordings are available here.


The Global Summit

The Global Summit is the most important international meeting of National Ethics and Bioethics Committees for dialogue and exchange on bioethical questions as well as issues in the life sciences. The objectives of the Summit are to identify ethical issues of global concern, to provide a forum for exchange and to offer opportunities to discuss public health policies and research activities at international and regional levels.

Global Health, Global Ethics, Global Justice

The theme for the Global Summit 2016 was "Global Health, Global Ethics, Global Justice" to illustrate the interconnected nature of public health decisions with ethical considerations and questions of justice at a world scale. The programme consequently covered various topics of global relevance ranging from global cross border issues to issues that demand analysis at a regional and local level.

Organization of the Summit

The Global Summit 2016 was jointly organized by the German Ethics Council and the World Health Organization (WHO) in close collaboration with UNESCO. The organization of the Summit was supported by a Steering Committee composed of representatives from national ethics councils and international experts. Moreover, financial support for the Global Summit was kindly provided by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.