Since its creation in 1947, the ICCC has always wanted in its activities to put the human being at the very center of the world, to consider his or her dignity as imprescriptible in all its dimensions and to seek the conditions for his or her accomplishment.

The acceleration of the World’ s metamorphosis due to the pressure of scientific progress and of new information technology invites us to emphasize the urgent need of examining an essential question : that of our conscious or unconscious submission to new technologies or, to the contrary, their rational use for the benefit of Man’s Greatness. Each technological advance, each new scientific discovery, introduces possibilities for change in society, while being accompanied by a discourse that could modify the very notion of the Person. Indeed, we note, with many other researchers, that technology is not neutral, that it conveys in its wake social and cultural orientations that could be irreversible.

Through the diversity and richness of the personalities invited to this Forum, through their experience and their questioning, they will open up avenues for reflection, broaden our horizons, and legitimize our fundamental concern for the new generations, because, indeed, the young are most affected by the speed and unpredictability of this change.

Is it not a universal mission to work with them to find directions towards desirable possibilities?

Christine Roche and the team of the International catholic center of cooperation with UNESCO (ICCC)

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Detailed Programme in English


Webinar 1 – April 8th – 5:30 p.m. CET

Faced with New technologies:
Opportunities and Risks for Humanity

Forum Opening

Ms Stefania Giannini, Representative of the Director general, UNESCO
Assistant Director General Education, UNESCO


Father Eric Salobir, President, Human Technology Foundation//OPTIC; Consultant to the Pontifical Council for Culture; member, National Digital Council, France

Round Table 

Mr Hervé Chneiweiss, Director of Research at CNRS; President, Inserm Ethical Committee and CIB (International Bioethics Committee)
Pr. JF Braunstein, Professor of contemporary philosophy in PARIS 1 Sorbonne
Ms Michèle Debonneuil, Economist

Moderator: Mr Emmanuel Leclercq, Professor and Philosopher 


Mr Christian Byk, French National Commission for UNESCO; General Secretary, International Association of Law, Ethics and Science

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Webinar 2 – May 11th – 5:30 p.m.

Faced with Artificial Intelligence:
What should be the anthropological vision of Humanity in mutation? Which ethical references should be considered about Humanity to educate human beings and not robots?


Pr. Christoph Wulf, Professor of Anthropology and Philosophy of Education at Free University of Berlin
Mr Nathanaël Wallenhorst, PhD, Science of Education, Environmental Sciences and Political Science. Vice-Dean, Faculty of Education, Catholic University Angers France

Round Table: Reflections about Humanity

Ms Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for Human and Social Sciences, UNESCO
Ms Marie Hélène Parizeau, Full Professor, Philosophy Faculty,  University Laval, Québec; President, World Commission Ethics of Scientific and Technology Knowledge, UNESCO (COMEST), 2015 – 2019  
Mr Rabbi Yann Boissière, member of Judaism in movement; President of The Voices of Peace
Pr Lazare Poamé, Philosopher and bioethicist, Full Professor UNESCO Bioethics Chair; President, University of Bouaké-la-neuve, Ivory Coast

Moderator: François Prouteau, Doctor in Education Science and President of Fondacio

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Webinar 3 – June 3rd – 5:30 p.m.

In the age of Artificial Intelligence,
which educational orientations should be implemented to favour the construction of Human Beings?


Ms Marie Hélène Parizeau
Father Eric Salobir
Mr Sobhi Tawil, Director Future of Learning and Innovation at UNESCO

Round table: What compass for education should be used in the AI world?

Pr. Laurent Bibard, ESSEC, Head, Faculty of Management and Philosophy
Pr. Pierre Giorgini, Founder of ENIC Telecom Lille, Former Rector of Catholic University Lille France
Ms Tanella Boni, Poet, philosopher and professor University Ivory Coast
Ms Nour Kilzi, Doctoral student in international law at Paris 1, OIEC/International Office of Catholic Education
Pr Roberto Luppi, LUMSA Rome

Moderator: Mr Emmanuel Leclercq, Philosopher, Professor

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