On this late afternoon, the Sixth Committee has already passed a resolution on establishing a joint agreement on the regulation of biomedical engineering with focus on the process of producing genetically identical organisms. The People’s Republic of China submitted a resolution paper with a refreshing take on ethical standards of therapeutic cloning. These standards focus not only on therapeutic consent but also on their privacy, hoping to protect patients from some social consequences of biomedical engineering.
There appears to be a change of tone in the international community, as the resolution passes with nine votes in favour, none against, and two abstentions, despite supporting practice all of biomedical engineering outside the scope of international agreements and national law. With this, we also hear a concurrent pressure towards transparency in biomedical engineering research, as the fourth committee proposes that such research is publicised and a public opinion is gathered.
At around 14:00, another change of tone took place, as the committee now entered a debate on finding a joint agreement of the issue of personal data harvesting on the internet. In a resolution presented by the Federative Republic of Brazil, the committee’s focus has shifted towards enacting a joint agreement on data protection.
While tentative measures were presented by Brazil, the first amendment has already been passed as a progressive debate has flourished.