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From the Congress Organising Committee


The Congress Organising Committee takes great pleasure in inviting you all to the 14th World Congress of Bioethics and 7th National Bioethics Conference. The Congress theme is 'Health for All in an Unequal World: Obligations of Global Bioethics'.

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights which laid a foundation for the highest attainable standards of health. It will also mark the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration, in which the world pledged "Health for All" by 2000. More recently the chief of WHO issued a call for universal health coverage, drawing attention to issues around equity in health systems, including health systems research.

Despite several gains in health research and healthcare, we as a global community have not been able to achieve equitable healthcare systems so far. Global bioethics ought to be squarely addressing health inequity in an interconnected but unequal world. We are witnessing the emergence of the stronghold of the private corporate sector on the one hand and health conditions requiring huge investments in research on the other hand. Alongside, we observe growing inequities in the health status of human populations, growing conflicts, increasing episodes of natural disasters and adverse economic situations directly impacting the purchasing capacity of common people. The inequity in access to healthcare continues as much in the global North as the global South. In this context, the global bioethics community needs to engage with and strengthen the scholarship in the field of enquiries such as 'justice' and 'solidarity' in the coming times.

We sincerely hope that you will join us to bring your own voice into multidisciplinary conversations on the Congress theme. Needless to say, the Congress is open, as has always been the case, for debates and conversations on other wide-ranging themes from the broader discipline of bioethics.

The Congress will be held at St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. Bengaluru, known as a leader in information technology, is teeming with multidisciplinary educational institutions and a metropolitan culture of performing arts and literature. Home to scenic gardens and interesting heritage sites, it is blessed with a year-round moderate climate. In December, Bengaluru enjoys a mild winter.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Congress.

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Congress Organising Committee

Themes

The theme of the 14th WCB is Health for All in an Unequal World: Obligations of Global Bioethics and it seeks to strengthen bioethics in the context of health for all, by providing a relevant and critical platform to advance bioethics discourses and inform praxis - policies, programs, guidance in the region and globally. The theme is expected to facilitate intersectional and multidisciplinary conversations and debates on ethics and health from diverse philosophical traditions, approaches and perspectives. Around 1000-1200 delegates from different parts of the globe will be participating in the congress.

Sub-Themes

About WCB, FAB and NBC

World Congress of Bioethics (WCB) Platform

In August 2016, the International Association of Bioethics awarded the 14th World Congress of Bioethics (WCB) to the organisations – the Forum for Medical Ethics Society (FMES), Mumbai, MH, India and Sama Resource Group for Women and Health, New Delhi, India. WCB aims to be truly international, linking all those working in bioethics and related fields, facilitating mutual contact, and encouraging the discussion of cross-cultural aspects in bioethics. Past Congresses have been held in Edinburgh (2016), Mexico City (2014), Rotterdam (2012), Singapore (2010), Croatia (2008), China (2006), Australia (2004), Brazil (2002), the United Kingdom (2000), Japan (1998), the United States (1996), Argentina (1994), and Amsterdam (1992).

International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB)

FAB is affiliated with the International Association of Bioethics (IAB). FAB's World Congress brings together academics and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to explore and develop feminist perspectives on ethical issues relating to health. It is a vibrant and welcoming gathering that offers significant opportunities to share ideas, learn from others, participate in constructive debates and engage with a supportive network. FAB's World Congress brings together academics and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to explore and develop feminist perspectives on ethical issues relating to health. It is a vibrant and welcoming gathering that offers significant opportunities to share ideas, learn from others, participate in constructive debates and engage with a supportive network.

National Bioethics Conference (NBC) platform

The IJME's National Bioethics Conferences are a meeting ground for delegates from India and abroad to report, debate and brainstorm on a wide range of ethical issues in health, health care and health research. Each NBC has witnessed the active participation of bioethicists from across the globe. Past NBCs have been held in Pune (2017), Bengaluru (2014, 2007), Hyderabad (2012), New Delhi (2010), and Mumbai (2005). NBCs take place every two years in India and are co-hosted by IJME along with other entities.