Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI) is dedicated to fostering public awareness and understanding of bioethical issues, and to exploring solutions to bioethical challenges.
GBI has established four goals to achieve its mission:
- To promote interdisciplinary research and provide the public with information pertaining to bioethical issues
- To engage a broader audience in public debates on emerging medical technologies and their potential impact
- To collaborate with policy makers, including those at the United Nations (UN) and its agencies to identify solutions to global health problems
- To encourage international debates at the intersection of health, biotechnology and medicine
GBI is a member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in furthering the realization of the purposes and mandate of the organization through activities and research in shared culture of intellectual social responsibility.
GBI has been associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) since December 2014. DPI aims at facilitating the exchange of information and the development of partnerships within the United Nations as well as with nonprofit organizations around the world. Many of the issues addressed by GBI, including reproductive rights, human organ trafficking, and the ethics of population aging, are important to other United Nations and United Nations-affiliated agencies.
The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations nominated Global Bioethics Initiative for Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the United Nation’s central platform for debate, reflection, and innovative thinking on sustainable development. GBI is one of only a few organizations to receive such a status. In this capacity, GBI will be able to offer policy recommendations directly to those who craft and initiate legislation and participate in intergovernmental meetings of the United Nations.
- GBI organizes panel discussions, conferences, and summer school programs to facilitate public understanding of current bioethical issues. For information about events click here.
- GBI leverages the knowledge and experience of experts and other professionals in government, academia, and private industry, as well as its Board and Advisory Board members.
With offices at 777 UN Plaza, 5th Floor, New York, New York, 10017, GBI overlooks the United Nations headquarters in New York City.