Biosafety

IPPC Holds First Meeting of Capacity Development Committee [viewed]

IPPC3 December 2012: The initial meeting of the Capacity Development Committee of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) developed a long-term work plan including innovative ideas for implementing the IPPC's globally agreed strategy on capacity development.

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CBD Releases Report of Biosafety COP/MOP 6 [viewed]

CBD5 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available the final report of the sixth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 6).

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OECD Biotechnology Forum Discusses Achievements, Promise of Life Sciences [viewed]

OECDNovember 2012: The Biotechnology Research and Policy Forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on the Evolving Promise of the Life Sciences took place on 12 November 2012, in Paris France. The Forum considered, among other issues, risks related to emerging pathogens in the environment, and opportunities and challenges in marine biotechnology.

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FAO Biotechnology Forum Discusses New GMOs for Developing Countries [viewed]

FAO10 December 2012: During the 18th email conference of the Biotechnology Forum of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), participants discussed which genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are likely to be commercialized in developing countries over the next five years, and likely implications of these GMOs in developing countries.

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OIE Discusses Role of Veterinary Services in Managing Disaster Risk [viewed]

29 November 2012: The 21st Conference of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Regional Commission for the Americas considered, among other issues, the role that national veterinary services play in managing disease outbreaks and other risks to animal welfare and animal health in situations of exceptional climatic events or disasters of other origins.

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EFSA Reviews Study on GM Maize, Herbicide Toxicity [viewed]

EFSA4 October 2012: The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has published an initial review of a recent study (Seraldini et al. 2012) that raises concerns about the potential toxicity of genetically modified (GM) maize and of a herbicide containing glyphosate. The EFSA review concludes that the quality of the study is insufficient to be considered for risk assessment.

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CBD Biosafety Protocol News Magazine Highlights Media's Role in Awareness Raising [viewed]

October 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the latest edition of "Biosafety Protocol News," a magazine on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, focusing on the role of media in communicating and raising awareness of biosafety issues, including experiences and lessons learned.

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Event: FAO Email Conference on GMOs in the Pipeline [viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, this email conference, provisionally titled "GMOs in the pipeline: Looking to the next five years in the crop, forestry, livestock, aquaculture and agro-industry sectors in developing countries," seeks to inform the debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that are currently under development and likely to be placed on the market within the next five years, and to discuss their potential implications. The virtual conference will take place between 5 November and 2 December. It is is open to everyone, is free and will be moderated.  

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Biosafety COP/MOP 6 Adopts 16 Decisions, Initiates Substantive Work on Socio-economic Considerations [viewed]

5 October 2012: The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 6) adopted 16 decisions, including a decision on socio-economic considerations which, for the first time, initiates activities aiming to provide a basis for future substantive work on considerations with regard to socio-economic impacts of living modified organisms.

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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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