Intersecting Human Rights Crises: Organ Transplantation and Organ Trafficking

  • post Type / Conferences
  • Date / 6 November 2007

IHEU-Appignani Center for Bioethics in NYC co-sponsored by The UN Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women (OSAGI) and The Council of Europe invite you to attend the panel:

The organ trafficking market is on the rise, fuelled by growing demand as well as unscrupulous traffickers. While waiting lists for organs become longer in rich countries, selling one?s organ in a country of excruciating poverty is an irresistible temptation. The increasing demand for organs has greatly intensified organ trafficking around the world and the challenges of transplantation are pushing ethical concerns about trafficking and its victims, including women and children, to the top of the international agenda.

Our speakers will explore the ethical issues of organ trafficking with a focus on shortage of organs for transplantation, lack of organ donors, ‘black-market’ organ trafficking, some problems with organ transplantation such as possible immune rejection and keeping organs alive outside the body, among others.

The panel will feature keynote addresses by one of today’s leading bioethicists, medical doctors, experts in gender issues at the United Nations and the Council of Europe as well as the director of New York Organ Donor Network.


Welcome and introductory remarks:
Rachel Mayanja, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women, Department of Economics and Social Affairs, New York, NY http://www.un.org/womenwatch/osagi/aboutosagi.htm

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General, Council of Europe

Art Caplan Ph.D., Emanuel & Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics, Chair, Department of Medical Ethics, Director, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA www.bioethics.upenn.edu

Thomas Diflo M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Surgery (Transplant), NYU Medical Center, New York, NY

Eric B. Grossmann, M.D., F.A.C.P., Vice-chairperson and Medical Director of New York Organ Donor Network, New York, NY

Panel moderator: Ana Lita Ph.D., Director IHEU-Appignani Center for Bioethics, New York, NY www.humanistbioethics.org

A Cocktail Reception to follow from 8:00 – 10:00 PM hosted by the Consulate General of Romania. 203E, 38th Street, New York, NY

Many thanks are due to the Romanian Consul General for offering the venue for our reception. Our panel attendees will have the opportunity to interact and network with the UN missions, delegates and staff, as well as today?s leading thinkers in the fields of bioethics, medicine and health policy, as well as professionals from NYC.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 5:30 – 7:30 PM
2nd Floor, 777 UN Plaza, (corner of 44th St. and 1st Ave.) New York, NY 10017

RSVP by December 1, 2007 by phone 212-687-3324 or by e-mail:

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