Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group

Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group – Councilor

Call for Expressions of Interest/Nominations

The ISN welcomes expressions of interest and nominations for one position on the DICG Council.

In 2010 TTS and ISN created the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) to disseminate The Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism (the Declaration of Istanbul) and respond to new challenges in organ trafficking and transplant tourism.

The DICG exists to promote, sustain and monitor the implementation of the Declaration of Istanbul worldwide, and specifically to promote organ donation free of coercion, exploitation, commercialism or human trafficking, to encourage national or regional self-sufficiency in organ transplantation, and to combat transplant tourism that interferes with meeting the medical needs of a country’s own population.

The role of the DICG is to develop a comprehensive strategy and implement plans to achieve its mission and to coordinate activities related to the Declaration of Istanbul. The DICG operates in the context of complementary documents, in particular the WHO Guiding Principles on Human Cell, Tissue and Organ Transplantation.

The ISN affiliated DICG Councilor’s role is to raise awareness of inequities in access to transplantation-related care prevalent in their region and to ensure that the DICG works towards addressing those inequities in the remit of care related to illegal transplant activities. The ISN affiliated DICG Councilor is further a key link between the DICG and ISN in order to facilitate information flow and to keep the ISN updated about the latest developments (political, legal, clinical etc.) in organ trafficking and transplant tourism. Furthermore, within their region/respective regional board, ISN affiliated DICG will advocate against organ trafficking and for organ donation self-sufficiency. DICG members need sign an individual pledge to abide by the principles of the DICG Declaration Of Istanbul.

This is a volunteer position for an initial period of 3 years, renewable once after re-nomination and based on performance, to a maximum of 6 years. The position attracts no remuneration. ISN staff provides operational support to the partnership with DICG, and the DICG Councilor is supported by their Regional Board and the ISN Executive Committee representative as required for strategic issues.

Timelines and next steps

Expressions of Interest and nominations for this position should be directed to: Anne Hradsky by Friday, 30 October 2020.

Expressions of interest and nominations should consist of a short CV (max. 4 pages) and a statement (max. 500 words) explaining relevant skills and experience, and reasons for being considered for the position.

N.B.: The ISN is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We encourage nominations from eligible individuals across all regions, genders and ages! Preference will be given to applicants from ISN regions currently not represented on the DICG Council.

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