Led by Dr. Cheryl Cox-Macpherson, Chair of the Department of Bioethics, St. George’s University (SGU) will present a symposium on climate change at the 12th World Congress of Bioethics, slated for June 25-28, 2014 in Mexico City. This year’s Congress, themed ‘Bioethics in a Globalized World: Science, Society and Individual’,will engage bioethicists from diverse backgrounds and professions, and feature lectures from leading bioethicists and experts from related fields, poster and symposia presentations, satellite meetings, and other activities.
The St. George’s University team, which also includes Sean Philpott, an Adjunct Professor in bioethics at SGU who is based at Union Graduate College in New York, Dale Jamieson, a Professor at New York University, and other speakers from Latin America and the Caribbean aim to publish proceedings from the symposium, themed ‘Global Bioethics and Climate Change: Science, Society and Individuals in Latin America and the Caribbean,’ in a peer-reviewed bioethics journal after the Congress.
“We aim to draw attention to ways in which bioethicists and other professionals can help to reduce the health harms of climate change,” said Dr. Cox-Macpherson. “We need to engage in policy discussions and public dialogue to really get more people thinking and talking about what’s going to make a difference, so that we can arrive at solutions to balance the conflicts between various national goals and priorities.”
The Congress, held every two years, is organized by the International Association of Bioethics. The 2014 event will be the first ever held in Latin America.
“The Congress in Mexico will be a great experience,” said Manuel H. Ruiz de Chávez, President of the local organizing committee for the Congress, in a letter announcing the event. “It will represent an excellent opportunity to become aware of the developments in bioethics all around the world and to visit a vibrant, enjoyable, and colorful Mexico City with so much history and also many cultural and tourist attractions.”