Princess Sumaya launches Arab Charter on Science Ethics

Amman, HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society, has launched the Charter of Ethics of Science and Technology in the Arab Region at World Science Forum 2019 in Budapest.

Sharing a platform with Dr Maha Bakhiet Zaki, Minister Plenipotentiary, representing HE Mr Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, and Dr Ghaith Fariz, Director, UNESCO Regional Office for Science in the Arab States, HRH said the landmark document “marks a longing by our region’s researchers to harmonise their skills, their credentials and their capacity for joint research in a truly globalising world of science”.

HRH noted that the Charter had begun as an initiative at a Regional Consultation in Beirut in July, 2017 where she was honoured to speak. It is the result of an 18-month multi-stakeholder consultation process in which more than 500 experts from across the Arab World provided input.

“With the enormous support of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in the Arab States, the RSS, and a coalition of other Arabic science academies and institutions, a draft of this document was prepared and distributed at the previous World Science Forum in 2017, hosted by the RSS at the Dead Sea in Jordan,” added the Princess. “It was there that a Special Session was devised and dedicated to developing the Charter we see today.”

The Charter is an umbrella ethical instrument that aims to ensure that science and technology truly serve human development in the Arab region. In particular, the Charter frames science and technology activities in the Arab region; supports an enabling environment where science and technology can thrive; protects science and technology workers and outcomes; and guides science and technology activities away from non-ethical practices that could harm the individual, society, or the environment.

Source: Jordan News Agency