Islamabad - The UNESCO has selected Dr Zabta Khan Shinwari as member of its Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) for four years (2016–19).

Dr Shinwari is the first Pakistani who has been selected as member of the COMEST. Under this charge, he will provide guidance on specific issues related to ethics of science and technology and will contribute in drafting texts for declarations through his recognised competence, experience and interest.

UNESCO’s World commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST), established in 1998, has had a prominent voice on the ethical issues arising from scientific and technological advancements, fulfilling its mandate as an independent advisory body that utilises the collective intellectual power of its eminent members to provide guidance on these important ethical issues to UNESCO, the scientific community, decision makers and the public at large.

This commission is composed of eighteen leading scholars belonging to diverse scientific, legal, philosophical and cultural fields from various regions of the world. The UNESCO often chooses COMEST member among eminent personalities from different fields.