Biosafety

CBD COP/MOP 6 Opens, Will Discuss International Cooperation in Safe LMO Use [viewed]

1 October 2012: The sixth meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 6 ) has opened in Hyderabad, India. The meeting will discuss revised guidance for risk assessment and risk management regarding the use of living modified organisms (LMOs), and capacity-building for research and information-sharing regarding socio-economic considerations.

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CBD Biosafety Series Compiles Materials on Liability and Redress [viewed]

CBDSeptember 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a compilation of materials prepared during the negotiation of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Supplementary Protocol). The compilation is issued as part of the CBD Biosafety Technical Series.

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Event: Biosafety CEPA Fair [viewed]

Organized jointly by the CBD Secretariat and the Government of India, this Fair will provide an opportunity for parties of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to share information and experience gained in the Protocol's implementation, such as: national level implementation of the Protocol's Strategic Plan for 2010-2020; development and implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks (NBFs); design and implementation of biosafety capacity-building activities; use of the Biosafety Clearing-House; and implementation of the programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) for 2011-2015. The Fair will be held on the sidelines of the sixth meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 6). The participating governments and organizations will be able to present their activities and outputs in a variety of formats, including: posters, printed materials and CD-ROMs, videos and/or PowerPoint presentations.  

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EFSA to Consider Relevance of Study's Findings about Glyphosate, or Roundup, Toxicity [viewed]

EFSA19 September: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a press release stating that it will consider the results of a recent study that investigates the potential toxicity of glyphosate used as a herbicide and of a glyphosate-tolerant variety of genetically modified (GM) maize.

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European Court of Justice Rules Against National Authorization Requirements [viewed]

6 September 2012: The European Court of Justice has ruled that the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) approved at the EU level cannot be made subject to an additional national authorization procedure. Also according to the ruling, cultivation cannot be prohibited pending the adoption of coexistence measures.

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OIE Launches Updated World Animal Health Information System [viewed]

27 August 2012: The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has launched an updated and expanded version of the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), including a new section on wildlife disease notification. The new section allows members to enter complementary data on OIE-listed diseases of wild animal species, and to provide information on non-listed diseases.

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FAO, OIE Urge Moratorium on Research Using Virus [viewed]

FAO23 July 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Organization on Animal Health (OIE) are calling on countries to implement a moratorium on the use of the live rinderpest virus, as part of the post-eradication process.

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CITES Improves Virtual Course for Customs Officials [viewed]

CITES19 July 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that an updated and improved version of the course for customs officials is now available through the CITES Virtual College. The course is designed to assist officials in identifying and processing specimens of CITES-listed species.

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CBD Launches COP/MOP 6 Website [viewed]

19 July 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched a website for the sixth Meeting of the Parties of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 6).

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CBD Extends Online Forum on Biosafety Capacity Building [viewed]

CBD17 July 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced the re-opening of an online forum on strategic approaches to capacity-building for biosafety and on the comprehensive review of the Capacity-building Action Plan under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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