Biosafety

Event: Caribbean Subregional Workshop on Capacity-building for the Effective Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will provide an update on recent developments under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, including the Strategic Plan, the capacity-building framework and action plan and other decisions relating to capacity-building. The workshop also aims to promote understanding of the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress and explore opportunities and challenges regarding its ratification.  

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CBD Calls on Biosafety Protocol Parties to Nominate Laboratories, Online Discussion Groups on LMO Identification [viewed]

CBD14 February, 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a reminder for the nomination of laboratories used for the detection and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs) for the creation of an electronic network of laboratories.

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CBD Secretariat Outlines Inter-sessional Activities on Socio-economic Considerations Regarding LMOs [viewed]

CBD31 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published an outline of inter-sessional activities on socio-economic considerations arising from the impact of living modified organisms (LMOs) on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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Lebanon Ratification Raises Biosafety Protocol Membership to 165 [viewed]

CBD13 February, 2013: Lebanon will become the 165th member of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on 7 May 2013, 90 days after depositing its instrument of accession on 6 February.

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Event: Invasive Species: Islands Offer Lessons for the World [viewed]

This panel discussion is being convened by the US National Invasive Species Council, in collaboration with the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), as part of the opening of the 2013 National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW). In this session, policy leaders and invasive species experts from Pacific, Indian Ocean and Caribbean island countries will discuss the range of invasive species challenges they face, focusing on how leadership, coordination with allied issues and cooperation with partners are key ingredients to their biosecurity, control and eradication efforts.  

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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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