Biosafety

Event: CBD Online Forum on Meaning, Scope and Importance of Public Access to Biosafety Information [viewed]

This online discussion group is organized as part of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Online Forum on Public Awareness, Education and Participation Concerning the Safe Transfer, Handling and Use of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs). The discussion group aims to facilitate exchange of views and information regarding the meaning, scope and importance of public access to information on biosafety in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. It will address the following themes: meaning and scope of public access to information; public right to information; and the rationale/importance of public access to biosafety information. Parties, other governments and relevant organizations are invited to nominate individuals involved in, or responsible for, promoting public awareness, education and participation at the national level to participate in the Forum.  

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Event: Fair on National Experiences with the Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

Organized jointly by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Government of India, this fair will be held at the margins of of the sixth meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 6). It will provide Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations with the opportunity to showcase their national experiences, good practices and lessons learned on various topics, including: national implementation of the Strategic Plan for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (2011-2020); development and implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks; 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 (2011-2015).  

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OIE World Assembly Elects New Council President, Adopts Standards on Animal Welfare [viewed]

25 May 2012: The 80th session of the World Assembly of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) elected Karin Schwalbenbauer (Germany) as president of the OIE Council, and adopted the first international standards on the welfare of animals in livestock production systems.

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CBD Launches Online Forum on LMO Transfer, Handling and Use [viewed]

CBD23 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched an Online Forum on Public Awareness, Education and Participation Concerning the Safe Transfer, Handling and Use of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs). The first discussion groups will focus on public access to biosafety information.

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SPREP Hosts Invasive Species Meeting in Kiribati [viewed]

27 March 2012: Management and control of invasive alien species in the Pacific Islands region was discussed at the Third Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) meeting, facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) on Kiritimati Island, Kiribati, from 22-27 March 2012. Kirimati Island is the biggest nesting and breeding ground of Pacific seabirds, and one of the main port entries to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA).

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Event: 80th General Session of the World Assembly of the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) [viewed]

The 80th General Session of the OIE World Assembly will address, among other issues: the adoption of international standards regarding the safety of world trade in animals and animal products; the fight against animal diseases and zoonoses and improving the quality of veterinary services; and the elections of the Council, the Regional and Specialised Commissions. It also will discuss national and international experiences and roles in previous and future developments in the “One World, One Health” approach, and celebrate the OIE's 80th anniversary.  

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NRF Calls for Papers on CSD 20 and CSD 21 Themes [viewed]

17 April 2012: Natural Resources Forum, a UN Sustainable Development Journal (NRF), has called for papers for a publication focused on the themes that were selected for the 20th and 21st sessions of the Commission on Sustainable Development's (CSD).

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Ministers Adopt Andean Environment Agenda, Water Resources Management Action Plan [viewed]

11 April 2012: The Andean Community (CAN) has approved the Andean Environmental Agenda (known by its Spanish acronym AAA) for the period 2012-2016, outlining common actions and capacity-building measures regarding climate change, biodiversity and water resources for Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, and the Action Plan for implementing CAN's Andean Strategy for Integrated Management of Water Resources (known by its Spanish acronym GIRH).

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OECD Working Paper Reports on Adaptation-related Biotechnology [viewed]

OECD26 March 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a working paper that shows an increase in innovations in adaptation-related agricultural biotechnology, with the development of crops that are resilient to drought, saline soils and extreme temperatures.

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New Global Alliance Supports Fairer, Safer and More Sustainable Livestock Sector [viewed]

April 2012: In a joint communiqué, eight international and regional organizations committed to form an alliance to develop and implement a global agenda to improve environmental protection, human health and social equity in the livestock sector.

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