High-level panel on the ethics and governance of climate engineering
On September 19, 2023, UNESCO will be organizing a high-level panel on "Ethics and Governance of Climate Engineering" at its Paris headquarters, bringing together political leaders to reflect on the ethical considerations of international governance in this field. The panel will be held in Room XI from 10.45am to 12.00pm (GMT+2).
The panel will be preceded by a public pre-launch session of the report on "The Ethics of Climate Engineering" by UNESCO's ethical advisory body, the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST).UNESCO's ethical advisory body, the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST), from 9.30am to 10.30am (GMT+2).
Registration for online and in-person participation
The speed at which the effects of global warming are beginning to be felt is giving new impetus to the discussion on the types of climate action that would help combat the catastrophic consequences of such environmental change. Climate engineering is a form of climate action which, despite its potential to help us achieve climate goals, is not without ethical risks for democracy and human rights.
Against this backdrop, this high-level panel will bring together political leaders to reflect on the potential of climate engineering and address the ethical challenges it poses to human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The panel will be held during public meetings of UNESCO's ethical advisory bodies, the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee and the International Bioethics Committee. Bioethics Committee and the International Bioethics Committee, which will bring together experts, UN organizations and representatives of governments and civil society.
Working documents (COMEST sessions)
Draft COMEST report on the relationship between science and society in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic (available soon)
- Draft COMEST report on the ethics of climate engineering (available soon)