Economics, Trade & Investment

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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EU Adopts Integrated Maritime Policy [viewed]

EU8 October 2012: At the Informal Ministerial meeting on EU Integrated Maritime Policy, held in Limassol, Cyprus, on 8 October 2012, European Ministers for maritime policy and the European Commission adopted the Limassol Declaration, an agenda for generating growth and jobs in marine and maritime sectors. 

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FAO and AgriCord Highlight Successful Forest Producer Organizations [viewed]

FAO4 October 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), along with AgriCord, Farmers Fighting Poverty, and the Forest and Farm Facility have released a report on what makes a forest producer organization successful. “Strength in Numbers: Effective Forest Producer Organizations” compiles case studies on developing organizational strength, creating networks, lobbying and policy-making, and developing business opportunities.

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CBD COP 11 Opens with Focus on Strategic Plan Implementation, Climate and Marine Issues [viewed]

8 October 2012: The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 8 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, directly following the sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The two-week meeting will address a series of cross-cutting and ecosystem-related issues, as well as financial, administrative and implementation-related topics.

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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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CITES Receives Proposals for Improving Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wild Species [viewed]

CITES5 October 2012: In response to a call for input, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) received 67 proposals from Parties to the Convention to amend the rules governing international trade in wildlife species. 

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Event: 2012 Annual Meetings of World Bank and International Monetary Fund [viewed]

The 2012 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.  

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UNEP and INTERPOL Release Rapid Response Report on Illegal Logging [viewed]

27 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) have released a rapid response report on illegal logging. The report, titled “Green Carbon: Black Trade,” estimates that the illegal logging trade is worth between US$30-100 billion annually and hampers efforts related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD). 

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