Biosafety

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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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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