Forum no.26: Interrelationship between Environment Legal Human Rights & Ethics

Forum 26: Interrelationship between Environment Legal Human Rights & Ethics

Key note Speakers:

1. Prof. Ahmed Suliman Alwakeel.
2. Dr. Adil Alzain.

Summary:

* Environmentalism is used to refer to a stepwise approach to the problems (e.g): focusing on saving whales, then owls or redwoods.
* Ecology is used to refer to a whole new world-view, including a new social theory and a new economic theory.
* The Earth is meant to be used by humans.
* Benefits of Natural Environment (food, energy, medicine, etc).
* Challenges Facing the Environment (climate change, ozone layer, desertification, etc).
* Significant Environmental Conferences & Summits (from Stockholm to WSSD).
* The first multilateral environmental treaty dates back to the year 1868. Currently, there are more than 500 treaties/agreements related to the environment, about 320 of these are regional, while more than 20 are trade-related.
* Necessary steps to become a member (Party) to an international agreement are: {signature, acceptance, approval, ratification and accession}.
* Interrelationship between human rights, clean environment and sustainable development.
* 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
* Ethics is the study of right or wrong in human behavior.
* Bioethics is a term coined to indicate ethics related to biological science advances and interventions, especially those of modern biotechnology (scientifically possible and ethically acceptable).
* Genetically modified organisms, terminator gene, cloning, stem cell and Xenotransplantation.
* Biosafety concept refers to the need to protect human health and the environment from the possible adverse effects of modern biotechnology (Cartagena Biosafety Protocol).

For Prof. Ahmed Suliman Alwakeel Presentation    Click here

For Prof. Ahmed Suliman Alwakeel  CV    Click here

UCEC

Coordinator & web admin of the UNESCO / Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair (UCEC)

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