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INTERNATIONAL COALITION FORMING TO OPPOSE HUMAN CLONING AND
INHERITABLE GENETIC MODIFICATION

Genetic Crossroads
March 31st, 2001

Activist pressure for global bans on human cloning and inheritable

genetic modification will increase this spring, when an emerging
coalition of organizations will raise these issues at two international
fora:

From April 14 to May 2 in New York City, meetings of the Rio+10
PrepComm and of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development are
being held in preparation for the tenth anniversary of the Earth
Summit, which will take place in Johannesberg next summer.

Between May 14 and May 22, the World Health Assembly, which sets
policy for the World Health Organization (WHO), will meet in Geneva.
Hundreds of delegates from countries around the world are expected.
WHO has issued statements opposing human cloning, and commissioned
staff reports that have called for a ban on inheritable genetic
modification, but has not yet taken steps beyond that. The coalition
of activist groups will be working to encourage and support the WHO
in carrying out its responsibilities regarding the new human genetic
technologies.

IF YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EFFORT
AND ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE, please contact Doug Hunt,
Exploratory Initiative on the New Human Genetic Technologies, at
<[email protected]> or 202-488-5635.

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