The German delegation welcomes the fact that with the UNESCO Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights a globally effective position has been adopted for the first time on the question of human rights in the field of research into the human genome and its application. The German delegation regards this Declaration as the beginning of a global dialogue and the development of protective standards in the field of research on the human genome and its application.
The content of the Declaration is currently the subject of a broad public and parliamentary debate in Germany in connection with the Human Rights Convention on Biomedicine (Biomedicine Convention) of the Council of Europe.
The German Government does not wish to anticipate the results of that debate. It therefore hopes that participating states will appreciate that Germany has not yet been able to participate in the adoption of the Declaration at the present time.
(enthalten im Protokoll der Kommission III der 29. UNESCO-Generalkonferenz)