International Forum of ICCCat UNESCO -April 8th

Forum : "Metamorphosis of the world, how far can Manking go to change human beings? What compass for education?"

Three Webinars in Spring 2021 by videoconference, registration required

Our era is undergoing extremely rapid scientific, technological and societal evolution, which is blurring the projections that 21st century man is trying to make about his future.

Today, there is nothing original about the effervescence caused by research and discoveries. Since time immemorial, those who, in their choices, combine Prudence, Wisdom and Knowledge, those who advance ever faster, ever further, and those who favor the Audacity that Knowledge gives, without always ethically measuring the consequences for humanity, positive or negative, in the medium or long term, have been cooperating.

On the other hand, what is stricking today is the awareness that man may, or may not, be conscious of the possible threat to his own human nature through radical innovations.

In the Western World, the legislative, regulatory and normative inflation linked to these evolutions, as well as the tendency to respond to individualistic desires to the detriment of the common good, are also facts to be taken into consideration in such a context.

"What is Man? What makes him an infinitely precious singular being? These are not subsidiary questions, but fundamental questions in the context of the radicality of the observed mutation: Man (body, mind, soul), the only creature capable of consciousness and intentionality, in front of the risk of dehumanization, needs to set limits while at the same time protecting and making his environment bear fruit; this is his responsibility, this is his dignity.

What seems both urgent and exciting is to remain lucid and vigilant, to learn to discern and make ethical choices while constantly increasing our knowledge. It is not a question of putting Science as such on trial, but of questioning the goals and impacts of discoveries that are always provisional, resulting in the biologization and technologization of Man, in a context of exacerbated financialization, with the probable risk of impoverishing, or at worst, of making the human essence disappear in its richness and vulnerability.

"What are the chances and risks for mankind in front of galloping technological and scientific upheavals in increasingly formatted societies? What compass to guide our choices in a responsible manner? What compass to guide education? »

There is an urgent need to consider the major role of an education that enlightens and allows each person to build himself or herself with dignity throughout life, to engage in his or her relationship with the world and to determine his or her own position in the context of the power of algorithms.

"Will man be able to resist the seduction of being all powerfull ? »

"What routes should we follow? Who are the actors involved? What proposals should be developed? »

Aware of the complexity of the possibles and the persistence of the unpredictable, in continuity with its reflections on the place of the "Human at the heart of the world", the CCIC as a Catholic-inspired association has a duty to deepen these essential questions and would like to be a bearer of words of hope.

This is why the NGOs of the CCIC platform have been invited to participate in the preparation of this forum by holding regular working groups, and by distributing in three languages a consultation on all of these questions.

Chosen for their convictions and their implications in the elaboration of the construction of a world responsible for the future of Mankind and the planet, the forum guests will intervene in an interactive mode with the participants, all generations combined.

The resolutions that will emerge from this forum will respond to the call of Pope Francis to participate in a new "Global Pact on Education" in the direct line of Laudato si.
The CCIC, confirming its constant desire for cooperation, wishes through the work of this international forum to be associated with UNESCO in the global framework of the realization of the ODD 2030, especially ODD 4 and its flagship project: "the future of education, learning to become".

About the Forum : 

Three Webinars in Spring 2021 by videoconference, registration required

1. Webinar 1: April 8th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CET
Forum Opening:
Messages: Mrs Stefania Giannini, Representative of the Director-General, Assistant Director-General of education, UNESCO;
Mrs Christine Roche, ICCC Honorary President

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

Faced with New technologies: Opportunities and Risks for Humanity

Round Table moderated by Mr Emmanuel Leclerc (Philosopher, Professor):
Health for Tomorrow: Mr Hervé Chneiweiss, Director of Research at CNRS; President of Inserm Ethical Committee and CIB (International Bioethics Committee)
Society and our Freedoms: Pr. JF Braunstein, Professor of contemporary philosophy in PARIS I Sorbonne
Economics and Society, Needs and Aspirations: Mrs Michèle Debonneuil, Economist

Testimonial: To what extent can the law change humankind: finality, methodology, example (connected objects)

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

Questions and Answers - Orientations

2. Webinar 2: May 11th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CET

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?

Introductory Presentation: Latest evolutions in our civilization; what destiny for tomorrow; which values and challenges for education in the face of Artificial Intelligence?

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, FONDACIO

Round Table moderated by Mr François Prouteau, Dr in Education Science, President of Fondacio

Reflections about Humanity:

Does Artificial Intelligence lead us to the need to reconsider Humanity?
What human needs can be met by Artificial Intelligence?

Mrs Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for Human and Social Sciences, UNESCO
Mrs Marie Hélène Parizeau, Full Professor, Philosophy Faculty, University Laval, Québec; President of 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, Full Professor, UNESCO Bioethics Chair, 2009 - 2020; President, University of Bouaké-la-neuve, Ivory Coast.

Question and Answer - Orientations

3. Webinar 3: June 3rd from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CET

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


Mrs Marie Hélène Parizeau
Father Eric Salobir

Mr Sobhi Tawil, Director Future of Learning and Innovation at UNESCO

Round table moderated by Mr Emmanuel Leclercq, Philosopher, Professor:

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

Pr. Laurent Bibard
, Professor ESSEC, Head, Faculty of Management and Philosophy;
Pr. Pierre Giorgini, Founder of ENIC Telecom Lille, Former Rector of Catholic University Lille France
Mrs Tanella Boni, Poet, philosopher and professor University of Ivory Coast;
Mrs Nour Kilzi, Lebanon, doctoral student in international law at Paris I, OIEC/International Office of Catholic Education;
Pr Roberto Luppi, Research Fellow in Philosophy of Law at LUMSA (Rome).

Questions and Answers

Reflections about Education: Contributions of NGOs’ collective work of the ICCC platform.
Perspectives and orientations:
We have science, will we gain wisdom? What Compass should be used for Education?

Next Steps: A project over the next three years, in connection with UNESCO‘s flagship project
“Futures of Education: Learning to become” and in response to the call of Pope Francesco for a “Global Compact on Education”.