Biosafety

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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Pacific Community Holds Consultations on Phytosanitary Matters [viewed]

SPC29 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) hosted a meeting of the the Pacific Plant Protection Organization (PPPO), a regional plant protection organization recognized by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), and a Regional Technical Meeting of Plant Protection (RTMPP) to discuss phytosanitary issues including pest and disease control, quarantine measures, international trade and implementation of international standards.

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EFSA Launches Public Consultations on Risk Assessment of GM Animals [viewed]

EFSA21 June 2012: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on the draft guidance for the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) animals.

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JRC Releases Workshop Proceedings on Socio-economic Impacts of GM Crops [viewed]

June 2012: The EU's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published the proceedings of a workshop on socio-economic impacts of genetically modified (GM) crops. The report finds that there is insufficient evidence for a proper analysis of socio-economic impacts, and calls for the development of indicators to facilitate socio-economic studies.

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SPC, New Zealand Train Fiji and Tuvalu Biosecurity Staff [viewed]

SPC15 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, have provided training to Fiji and Tuvalu biosecurity staff in managing risks related to trade in agricultural products.

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