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The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding the first meeting of its Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing. WHO

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STORY: WHO / HUMAN GENOME
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DATELINE: 18 MARCH 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, conference room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We don't yet fully understand the risks and benefits of gene editing and that makes it actually timely that we convene this expert group to guide the world, so we will be able to do the right things in terms of ethics, legal issues and also understand the scientific challenges and have guidance for from you.”
3. Med shot, participants
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“WHO is very keen to work in a collaborative manner with other organizations and agencies on this work and we have designed the process and the timelines to give this committee the space, time and support to really deliberate on this topic. This is why we have set up a program of work that allows the committee to meet in person several times over the next 12 to 18 months and we to ensure the ability to gather evidence and test its work in advance of any final recommendations.”
5. Med shot, Margaret Hamburg talking to interviewer
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Margaret Hamburg, Co-Chair, Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing, World Health Organization (WHO):
“This is an important emerging technology that has many, many implications. Implications for health and medicine, but also for other areas that are important to our society.”
7. Wide shot, Tedros and Hamburg at the dais
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Margaret Hamburg, Co-Chair, Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The World Health Organization is really attempting to take on an important role, on a much more global basis to really look at how can we put forward a framework of responsible stewardship of a powerful new medical and scientific technology. How can we create a framework for global governance and oversight?”
9. Tilt up, Tedros at the dais
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Margaret Hamburg, Co-Chair, Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing, World Health Organization (WHO):
“This meeting is really an effort on behalf of WHO to bring together a diverse group of experts to help the World Health Organization and the scientific community, and society more broadly think through the critical issues that need to be examined as we think about how this emerging new technology can be most appropriately applied in terms of medical practice and other important applications.”
11. Pan right, conference room

STORYLINE:

The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding the first meeting of its Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing.

The Committee will examine the scientific, ethical, social and legal challenges associated with Human Genome editing with the aim to advise and make recommendations on appropriate governance mechanisms for Human Genome editing.

WHO’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, spoke about the timeliness of the meeting.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO): “We don't yet fully understand the risks and benefits of gene editing and that makes it actually timely that we convene this expert group to guide the world, so we will be able to do the right things in terms of ethics, legal issues and also understand the scientific challenges and have guidance for from you.”

He noted that the work of the Committee will be in collaboration with other organizations and agencies

SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“WHO is very keen to work in a collaborative manner with other organizations and agencies on this work and we have designed the process and the timelines to give this committee the space, time and support to really deliberate on this topic. This is why we have set up a program of work that allows the committee to meet in person several times over the next 12 to 18 months and we to ensure the ability to gather evidence and test its work in advance of any final recommendations.”

The Co-Chair of the Committee, Margaret Hamburg, highlighted the importance of gene editing technology.

SOUNDBITE (English) Margaret Hamburg, Co-Chair, Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing, World Health Organization (WHO):
“This is an important emerging technology that has many, many implications. Implications for health and medicine, but also for other areas that are important to our society.”

Hamburg said the WHO is taking the lead in this matter.

SOUNDBITE (English) Margaret Hamburg, Co-Chair, Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The World Health Organization is really attempting to take on an important role, on a much more global basis to really look at how can we put forward a framework of responsible stewardship of a powerful new medical and scientific technology. How can we create a framework for global governance and oversight?”

She said the meeting brings together experts who will issue recommendations.

SOUNDBITE (English) Margaret Hamburg, Co-Chair, Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing, World Health Organization (WHO):
“This meeting is really an effort on behalf of WHO to bring together a diverse group of experts to help the World Health Organization and the scientific community, and society more broadly think through the critical issues that need to be examined as we think about how this emerging new technology can be most appropriately applied in terms of medical practice and other important applications.”


Following the meeting, the Co-Chair will hold a Virtual Press Conference (VPC) from WHO Headquarters in Geneva to present the initial recommendations to the press.
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