Her Highness Witnesses Inauguration of World Congress of Bioethics at HBKU

Doha, June 04 (QNA) – Chairperson of Qatar Foundation (QF) HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser witnessed today the inauguration of the 17th World Congress of Bioethics in Doha today – the first edition of this touchstone event to be held in the Arab World theme of under the theme of “Religion, Culture and Global Bioethics.”

This years Congress was hosted by HBKUs Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) at the College of Islamic Studies (CIS) in collaboration with World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), the global health initiative of Qatar Foundation. Sponsored by the Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation, and the Primary Health Care Corporation, this edition of the Congress was organized with support from the International Association of Bioethics (IAB).

The event has gathered over 1,000 participants – including bioethicists, researchers, and stakeholders – to engage in a dialogue centered on vital issues in bioethics, especially in religious and cultural contexts. The event had a special panel discussion, which featured members of the IABs executive leadership delving into the significance of the theme alongside distinguished figures from across academic and bioethics research.

Commenting on the significance of the 17th World Congress of Bioethics being held in the region, President of HBKU Dr. Ahmad M. Hasnah said: “The role of religion is a crucial one in the biomedical area. Discussions shaping bioethical policies should not neglect peoples beliefs, as they are a part of their lives. It is important that they are captured in the development and creation of any policy.”

“It is also important to recognize that heavenly religions were revealed to provide guiding principles for humanity that are irrespective of time and place, providing an important basis to the ethical discussion away from trial and error or time-bound approaches,” he added.

For her part, WISH CEO and co-chair of the event Sultana Afdhal said: “We are delighted to see months of hard work come to fruition as we witness the gathering of the worlds most renowned bioethicists and scholars in Qatar for this very special 17th edition of the World Congress of Bioethics. Balancing international perspectives and evidence-based best practices in health with those rooted in the religious values and cultural traditions of Qatar, the Gulf region, and the broader Arab-Muslim world has been a cornerstone of our approach at WISH, exemplified by our long-term series on healthcare ethics.”

“As such, we appreciate the opportunity to launch the upcoming WISH topic on the ethical management of AI in healthcare at such a landmark event in the presence of thought-leaders from the bioethics community, and we look forward to continued collaboration with HBKU and CILE in this critical field,” she added.

Held until June 6, the Congress will see participants exchange insights on prominent and emerging topics in bioethics, including the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare, how healthcare can be practiced safely in regions impacted by war and armed conflict, and public health ethics in light of COVID-19 and other pandemics. Several of the events panels and sessions will be conducted wholly in Arabic featuring live English translation, reflecting the IABs commitment to facilitating a cross-cultural dialogue on contemporary issues in the field of bioethics. Prominent experts from the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia will also participate in the discussions and offer regional perspectives on the wider field and issues such as disability, environmental, genetic, and genomic bioethics.

The World Congress also features an exhibition component, where HBKU, WISH, and several international institutions are hosting booths that showcase the latest in bioethics research to attendees. (QNA)