The United Nations General Assembly
The United Nations General Assembly is one of the five foremost bodies of the United Nations. It has the unique feature of equal representation, one nation one vote protocol. UNGA serves as an open forum for all its members to discuss and work together on a wide range of international issues covered by the UN charter.
Around the world, use and proliferation of technology is on the rise. It is not possible to ignore the great potential and speed of information and communication technologies which holds the key to innovation. However, there are growing concerns about the rise of cyberspace as the next battlefield. Therefore, the UN General Assembly is aware of the importance of international cybersecurity and willing to discuss upon the issue.
As the second agenda item, UNGA has decided to discuss upon ethical concerns of genetic engineering applied to human body and human genome sequencing. As of 2014, there were about 40 countries that discouraged or banned research on germline editing, including 15 nations in Western Europe, because of ethical and safety concerns. There is also an international effort led by US, UK, and China to harmonize regulation of the application of genome editing technologies. Consequently, UN General Assembly is wishing to dig deeper in this specific area.
1-Growing concerns about the rise of cyberspace as the next battlefield
2-Ethical concerns of genetic engineering applied to human body and human genome sequencing.
USG: Nisanur Kepçeler
Academic Assistants: Mehmet Kerem Okutan – İsmail Furkan Kaklık – Emine Beyza Ünver