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November 20, 2017 -Monday

 
 
  EXPERT GROUP CONSULTATION (EGC) ON BIOETHICAL PERSPECTIVE OF HAZE IN MALAYSIA

Wednesday 13/09/2017

The haze has a devastating effect on human health. The haze particles increase the risk of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and cancer. Infants, the elderly, pregnant women, and persons suffering from chronic health conditions are especially vulnerable. It is a recurring problem – every few years, concessionaires or farmers use fire as the most cost-effective method to clear land in preparation for the new crop cycle and for clearing surrounding forests for further expansion of plantations. Every year, the haze disrupts lives, costs the region’s governments billions of dollars, and leaves millions of people at risk.

In the context of the haze issue in Malaysia, the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) is pleased to host, with the cooperation of UNESCO Jakarta Office, Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), and University of Malaya (UM) researchers, an Expert Group Consultation (EGC) on Bioethical Perspective of Haze in Malaysia on 18th September 2017 (Monday), at IKIM Grand Hall, to discuss and highlight the bioethical dimensions of the haze problem in Malaysia (as stated in the UNESCO Universal Declaration of Bioethics and Human Rights or UDBHR) by looking at the international and intragovernmental initiatives in the reduction and management of haze. The EGC also aims to promote the ethical investment and best agricultural practices to create synergies and win-win solutions between ecology, economy and society.

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As encapsulated in Article 12 of the UDBHR, cultural diversity is an important component that needs to be acknowledged in order to reinforce international cooperation between the state members. In this regard, the EGC Kuala Lumpur will also discuss religious and cultural values vis-a-vis environmental ethics in addressing the bioethical perspectives of haze in Malaysia. The EGC will be conducted in three (3) forum sessions, and will be attended by senior officers from government agencies, corporate sectors, scientists, bioethicists, as well as non-government organizations (NGOs), i.e all the relevant stakeholders.

You are cordially invited to send a reporter and photographer/cameraman to cover the event.

SOURCE : Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Corporate Communications Unit
Name : Pn. Zawiah
Tel : 03-6204 6329 / 012-333 4253

Name : Pn. Wan Zahidah
Tel : 03-6204 6330 / 019-276 8003

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