On 9 June 2021, the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) published its Statement “Values for the future: the role of ethics in European and global governance”. The group suggests that only a profoundly inclusive deliberation on values can ensure a shared, egalitarian and sustainable future making.
The Statement provides important perspectives on the role of ethics in human societies and their governing institutions. Looking at the current crises the global community faces, from the pandemic to climate change and migration, it warns about the increasing pressure on values and fundamental rights. The Statement emphasises how every human intervention in the world is shaped by values – whether consciously or unconsciously, explicitly or implicitly. It brings to light the resulting importance of ethics, a need for a more ambitious and proactive ethics and the close links between ethics and participatory governance and democratic principles.
The paper can be downloaded here: