13ª Global Summit

Dear GS Delegates,

Taking into account the recent news of confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world and in many of the countries attending the Summit, a contingency meeting was held by the Steering Committee to discuss the status of the 13th Global Summit of National Ethics and Bioethics Committees.

The following decisions were subsequently confirmed and approved by the Steering Committee, the CNECV, WHO and all other national stakeholders:

  • To postpone the event which was originally planned to take place from 18 to 20 March 2020;
  • To provisionally reserve the dates of 9-11 September 2020, subject to confirmation as soon as negotiations with the venue are concluded, and
  • To continue to monitor the situation closely in the coming weeks, in close contact with WHO and the National Health Authority.

Regretfully given the unpredictable situation related to the coronavirus outbreak in Europe, and in view of many cancellations received, starting last week, the local organizing committee made the proposal to the Steering Committee to postpone the Summit, which was accepted and supported. This decision was made after serious consideration, with the health and safety of all participants as our number one priority.

A provisional date for September 9 to 11 is being considered and will be reconfirmed as soon as possible. Nevertheless, please block your agendas for these tentative dates. We sincerely hope that by that time all uncertainties will have vanished.

We will continue to work hard, in close cooperation with the Steering Committee and WHO, to make the Global Summit in Lisbon next September 2020 a very successful Summit.

Further updates will be forthcoming when more information comes to hand.

For any further queries, please contact us at info@globalsummitlisbon.com




An Ethics Council is a privileged place for the reflection on the ethical issues raised by the progress of science in its various domains. To reflect, give advice, recommend and promote reflection in society in general are some of its essential competences. Portugal was one of the first European countries to feel the need for a bioethics committee at national level, having founded the “Conselho Nacional de Ética para as Ciências da Vida" (CNECV) [National Ethics Council for the Life Sciences] by Law no. 14/90, of 9th June. In May 29th 2009, Law n.º 24/2009 has been enacted. 

Today almost all the countries in Europe have their own National Ethics Council or Committee and, even though they may differ in structure, they share the same goal. The promotion of meetings between the National Ethics Councils at European level thus meets the need for the exchange of experiences and brings about joint reflection upon issues which, far from being limited to regional confines, spread across borders and extend worldwide.

The Council has been involved in issuing opinions on current ethical themes, organising and participating in national and international events, striving to fulfil its responsibilities and to stimulate the bioethics debate at all levels of society.

The Council’s fifth and current term of office began on the 19th March, 2015.