Ethics and philosophy

UNESCO is also committed to concrete and successful work for ethical and philosophical questions.

The pace of progress in the life sciences today requires intensive international consultation on values ​​and norms of bioethics. To this end, UNESCO has set up the International Committee on Bioethics (IBC) and the Intergovernmental Committee on Bioethics (IGBC). Lithuania is an active member of these committees, with IBC membership of Prof. Eugenijus Gefenas from 2002 to 2009, and IGBC membership from 2013 to 2021 and chairing of the committee from 2015 to 2017. Thus, Lithuania has contributed to the adoptions of three UNESCO declarations on bioethics in 1997, 2003 and 2005. All declarations are translated into Lithuanian.

Lithuanian has also consistently supported the drafting and adoption of one of the most recent results in the sphere of ethics of science and technology, namely the UNESCO Declaration on Ethical Issues of Climate Change, the process being coordinated by the World Commission on Science and Technology Ethics (COMEST).

Lithuania actively supports the UNESCO efforts in drafting the Recommendation on the Ethical Issues related to Artificial Intelligence.