UNESCO Forum of ASEAN National Bioethics Committees on Haze, 6-7 December 2017

I was recently invited to participate in a UNESCO Forum searching for transboundary haze solutions from a bioethical and sustainability science perspectives. This forum was a continuation from the National Bioethics Committee meetings held in respective countries beforehand (see here). The forum was held at Le Meridien Jakarta and had an impressive mix of participants, not only from academia, NGO and government sectors, but also many from community leaders and farmers directly involved and affected by practices on the ground.

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My contribution to the forum was during Session 2 discussing the topic of “Haze, Human Rights, and Dignity”. I discussed the idea of haze as a “Crime” in the context of human dignity and human rights. A report of the forum can be found here. The forum was brought to a fruitful close with an inclusive roundtable discussion of potential policy solutions for UNESCO to bring forward as a form of pilot projects in the future. Hearing from representatives close to the ground was invaluable for me to further understand the complexities of land use and environmental governance related to haze pollution in the region.

 

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