1. UN Meeting and Briefing
The United Nations committee negotiating an international ban
on human reproductive cloning will hold its second meeting September
23-27 in New York City. The proposed treaty was initiated by
France and Germany and has received widespread support. Its
success would be of vital importance in itself, and could also
set a precedent for future policy concerning other human genetic
On Tuesday, Sept. 24 the Center for Genetics and Society, Global
Lawyers and Physicians, and the Center for International Environmental
Law are hosting a briefing on the proposed cloning treaty for
NGO leaders and UN delegates. For information contact Jonathan
Polansky at Contact us.
2. In-depth Analysis
The first detailed analysis of the need for an international
treaty banning reproductive cloning -- and inheritable genetic
modification as well -- has been prepared by George J. Annas,
Lori B. Andrews and Rosario M. Isasi. Their paper, "Protecting
the Endangered Human: Toward an International Treaty Prohibiting
Cloning and Inheritable Alterations," American Journal
Of Law & Medicine (Vol. 28, no. 2,3, pp. 151-178) is
available online at http://www.bumc.bu.edu/www/sph/lw/pdfs/protecting.pdf.
3. Tiempos del Mundo Report
A special report on human cloning and the proposed UN treaty
has been published by one of the most widely read Spanish-language
publications in the world, Tiempos del Mundo. The article
features CGS associate Rosario Isasi of the University of Toronto.
Isasi states, "Notwithstanding the immense problems that
Latin American countries are currently facing, … the issue
of human cloning should be one of our priorities. The time to
act is now, because if we put these issues on the 'stand-by
list'; soon after will be too late. We have to include it in
the agenda of both the government and the civil society."
See: Pedro F. Frisneda, "Clonación Humana: Una Lucha
Contra el Tiempo," ("Human Cloning: A Struggle Against
Time") Tiempos del Mundo, September 5-11, 2002.
Available online at http://www.genetics-and-society.org/espanol/20020905_tiempos_frisneda.html
For additional background on the proposed United Nations cloning
treaty, see http://www.genetics-and-society.org/policies/international/un.html.