Biosafety

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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WTO Seminar Calls for Enhanced Collaboration to Protect Biodiversity from Invasive Species [viewed]

13 July 2012: A World Trade Organization (WTO) seminar has recommended a series of actions to control invasive alien species (IAS) more effectively, including improved coordination among relevant international organizations, and among national ministries and agencies, in implementing the WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS).

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Ramsar COP 11 Renews IUCN as Secretariat Host [viewed]

13 July 2012: The 11th Meeting of the Conference of Contracting Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) was held from 6-13 July 2012, in Bucharest, Romania, under the theme “Wetlands: Home and Destination.” The main debate during COP 11 was over the institutional hosting of the Secretariat, and after intense negotiations the COP decided to renew confidence in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as host. 

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FAO, CAN Initiate Joint Technical Work on Pesticide Control Policies [viewed]

8 June 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Andean Community's (CAN) Andean Agricultural Health Committee (COTASA) held their first joint technical meeting on pesticide control for four CAN member countries - Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Promotes Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 June 2012: The EU signed a comprehensive Association Agreement with six Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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FAO, OIE Unveil Global Strategy for Controlling Foot-and-Mouth Disease [viewed]

27 June 2012: The Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have presented a new Global Strategy to combat foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The Global Strategy aims to decrease the number of disease outbreaks in infected countries until they attain FMD-free status, and to maintain the official FMD-free status of countries that are already FMD-free.

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World Bank Issues Recommendations on Biosafety Regulation in Developing Countries [viewed]

World BankJune 2012: The World Bank released a report on the Status and Impact of Biosafety Regulation in Developing Economies since Ratification of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The report recommends that developing countries harmonize risk assessment requirements, and ensure that development priorities such as agricultural productivity, food security and rural development are considered in biosafety decision-making along with environmental concerns.

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