MALAYSIA-UNESCO COOPERATION PROGRAMME


When: 6 – 7 December 2017

Where: Jakarta, Indonesia

Background

Every year people suffer from the effects of haze pollution resulting from land, forest and plantation fires in various parts of Indonesia, mostly on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo. At its worst – when such environmental conditions as El Niño delay the onset of the rainy season – the intensified burning and smoke affects the neighboring countries of Singapore and Malaysia, and even Thailand and Philippines. This anthropogenic environmental disaster and its detrimental effect on human health and the biosphere has a clear ethical dimension.

The General Conference of UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights in 2005 with acclamation, marking the first time that the fundamental principles of bioethics had been set forth within a single text, and the Member States had committed themselves and the international community to respect and apply these principles.

The ASEAN Forum of NBCs on Haze Pollution, in Jakarta, Indonesia on the 6th and 7th of December 2017, is organized in the framework of a Malaysian Funds-in-Trust project on addressing haze from bioethical and sustainability science perspectives. The Forum will use the Declaration to frame the debate on haze pollution, and to generate evidence-based recommendations derived through ethical deliberations for the relevant actors and stakeholders.

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Contact Person:

Mr. Irakli Khodeli (ირაკლი ხოდელი)
Programme Specialist for Social and Human Sciences
i.khodeli(at)unesco.org