International Conference -11.11.2021

Ethical, spiritual and societal issues in relation to health policy.

On November 11, 2021 in Geneva, the Program Commission of the John Knox International Reformed Center (JKIRC) in partnership with Ethic Minds and wished to propose a platform for meeting and exchange on ethical, spiritual and societal issues related to health policy. The theme of vaccination was finally chosen in order to cover a subject that was at the heart of current events and that was part of the vaccination week launched by the Confederation. This unique meeting brought together 11 representatives of different religious institutions, notably Muslim, Jewish and Protestant, the General Advisor to the Director of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as doctors in the field, a lawyer from Paris and a representative of the media, including the President of the independent journalists of Switzerland.

This exchange took place in the respect of the diversity of the points of view of each one according to their respective experience or to represent the voice of their institution. After the interventions of the speakers, the opportunity was given to launch the discussion and collect questions from the participants. Two aspects were articulated by the moderator to the speakers and participants, namely the positioning to be had between “prevention and vaccination” and “freedom and solidarity”. What emerged from this exchange is that while the vaccine policy is largely supported by religious institutions and the WHO, on the whole, the majority of the speakers recognized that it poses a certain number of challenges on all levels. (continued)

Biography of the speakers.

The event is finished.


Nov 11 2021


16h00 - 18h00


Chem. des Crêts de Pregny 27
1218 Le Grand Saconnex