Biosafety

Event: Ad Hoc Technical EGM on Socio-Economic Considerations of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

The Expert Group Meeting (EGM) organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will examine: existing institutional frameworks, legislation and policies with provisions on socioeconomic considerations; capacity-building activities related to biosafety and socioeconomic considerations; existing expertise and experience; and other policy initiatives concerning social and economic impact assessments. The event was scheduled for 28 October-1 November, but it is no longer taking place.  

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Event: Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7 [viewed]

The seventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is scheduled for 29 September-3 October 2014. Among other issues, the meeting is expected to address: handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs); risk assessment and risk management; and socio-economic considerations.  

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6th EU-Brazil Summit Reflects on Rio+20 and Doha [viewed]

24 January 2013: The 6th EU-Brazil Summit discussed a range of issues for cooperation between the EU and Brazil, including the outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the Doha Climate Change Conference, as well as renewal of the EU-Brazil strategic partnership.

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Event: FAO E-mail Conference 19 on Genomics in Food and Agriculture [viewed]

Organized by the Biotechnology Forum of the UN Food and Agriculture (FAO), this e-mail conference will focus on current and future impacts of genomics for the crop, forestry, livestock, fishery and agro-industry sectors in developing countries. The conference is open to everyone, is free and will be moderated.  

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IPPC Releases Report of Capacity Building Development Committee [viewed]

IPPCJanuary 2013: The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has released the report of the first meeting of the IPPC Capacity Development Committee (CDC) and an updated version of the IPPC National Phytosanitary Capacity Development Strategy.

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EEA Calls for Improved Governance of Technological Risk [viewed]

EEA23 January 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on the precautionary principle and technological innovation titled “Late Lessons from Early Warnings: Science, Precaution, Innovation,” which includes 20 historical and contemporary case studies.

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CBD Secretariat Circulates Quarterly Report [viewed]

CBD15 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the 56th edition of the Quarterly Report of the Convention, which contains a summary of key activities in implementing the decisions of the Conference of the Parties and other relevant matters during the period 1 January - 31 March 2012.

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Event: Eighth Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures [viewed]

The Eighth Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), will address, among other issues: progress towards the establishment of a robust international standard setting and implementation programme; sustainable IPPC implementation; improved phytosanitary capacity of IPPC members; the IPPC implementation and review and support system; and effective dispute settlement systems.  

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EFSA Publishes Risk Assessments of Pesticides for Honey Bee Health [viewed]

EFSA16 January 2012. The European Food Safety Authority has released the results of risk assessments for three neonicotinoids used as active substances in pesticides.

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FAO Conference Highlights Thoughts on Next Generation GMOs [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN has released a summary of an e-mail conference, titled "Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the Pipeline: Looking to the next five years in the crop, forestry, livestock, aquaculture and agro-industry sectors in developing countries."

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