Ethics and health

Global leadership

Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics

The Global Health Ethics unit works together with the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics, which is a well-established network of institutions in different geographical locations and with relevant expertise in this field. These institutions represent a valuable resource as an extended and integral arm of WHO's capacity to implement its ethics mandate.

The Global Summit of National Bioethics Committees

The Global Health Ethics unit at WHO provides the permanent secretariat for the Global Summit of National Bioethics Committees.

An increasing number of nations have created official bodies to provide advice to their executive and legislative branches, and often to the general public, about bioethics. Termed "National Commissions", "Advisory Committees" and the like, they are appointed by Chief Executives, Ministers of Health, and legislatures, to analyse and offer conclusions and recommendations about current issues in bioethics, and the ethics of health more generally, especially as such issues bear on potential needs to develop national policies and to adopt legislation.

The Global Health Ethics Seminars Series (GHES)

The Global Health Ethics Seminar Series provides an opportunity to raise the issues, challenge the global community, debate and provide solutions on a common platform. The Wellcome Trust with its interest in global ethical issues, and the York University with its interest in the history of medicine and inter-sectoral linkages, are natural partners in this activity. The Global Health Ethics Unit is proud to host this series and be a part of this endeavor.


Global Health Ethics Unit
Department of Information, Evidence and Research
World Health Organization
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CH-1211 Genève 27