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Global Round table regarding living/genetically modified organisms (LMOs/GMOs)

15 - 17 November 2016

Salle V, Palais des Nations Geneva, Switzerland.

The second round table on public awareness, access to information and public participation regarding living modified organisms (LMOs)/genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was held from 15 to 17 November 2016 in Geneva at the Palais des Nations (Salle V). The round table was organized under the leadership of the Government of Austria, and was a joint event of the UNECE Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The round table aimed to build countries’ capacities through sharing knowledge, experiences and lessons learned in promoting public awareness, access to information and public participation regarding living modified organisms/genetically modified organisms (LMOs/GMOs) and to make recommendations for future action at the national, regional and international levels. The meeting showcased the Cartagena Protocol’s and the Aarhus Convention’s success stories and further contributed to sustainable development and protecting biodiversity. It also assisted Parties, other interested Governments and stakeholders in furthering relevant sustainable development goals. The event was open to participation of a wide range of stakeholders, such as Governments, media, academia, business and non-governmental organisations.

The outcomes of the event are intended to facilitate the ratification and implementation of the Aarhus Convention’s Almaty Amendment on GMOs and to contribute to the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety's programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of LMOs (2011-2015). The outcomes of the event will be presented at the upcoming sessions of both the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention (11-13 September, 2017, Budva, Montenegro) and of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol (4 -17 December 2016 - Cancun, Mexico).

To learn more about the event, please read this article: https://www.unece.org/info/media/news/environment/2016/promoting-public-participation-and-transparencry-in-biosafety/doc.html

Pictures from the meeting.

 

 

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Provisional agenda

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List of Participants


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Chair's summary

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Public participation and transparency in biosafety: matching needs with available expertise (Bilateral Session/Networking: Note by the secretariats) 

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Survey on public participation and transparency regarding LMOs/GMOs - Results' analysis

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I. Opening:
Welcoming statements.

Mr Marco Keiner (Director, UNECE Environment Division)

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Mr Braulio F. de Souza Dias (Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity) (statement delivered by Ms Ulrika Nilsson, Associate Public Information Officer, CBD Secretariat) 

II. Ratification and implementation of the Aarhus Convention’s Almaty Amendment on GMOs and Article 23 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety:
Challenges and good practices.

Status of ratification and implementation of the two treaties and progress in Aarhus Convention/CBD collaborative work
A representative of the Aarhus Convention secretariat and a representative of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity

Overview of the status of implementation of Article 23 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, including the programme of work on public awareness, education and participation regarding LMOs

Ms Ulrika Nilsson, Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity

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Georgia’s recent successful experience of the ratification of the GMOs Amendment;
Ms Nino Gokhelashvili (Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Georgia)

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Progress and challenges in developing legislative frameworks and institutional arrangements to implement Article 23 of the Cartagena Protocol
Ms Leslie Melisa Ojeda Cabrera (National Council of Protected Areas, Guatemala)

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III. Access to information:
Legislative framework, institutional arrangements and implementation efforts.

Legislative frameworks and institutional arrangements for access to biosafety information in the Philippines: Good practices and challenges
Ms. Julieta Fe Estacio (National Committee on Biosafety, the Philippines)

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Supporting the implementation of the Aarhus Convention with its GMO amendment and Article 23 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: An NGOs view on legislative frameworks and institutional arrangements
Ms Antje Lorch (EcoNexus)

Good practices and challenges for effective access to information regarding LMOs/GMOs: The case of Serbia
Ms Gordana Petkovic (Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia)

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IV. Awareness raising and education:
Methods and tools for providing effective awareness raising and education.

Implementation efforts for awareness raising and education of biosafety issues in Tunisia: progress achieved, challenges and way forward
Mr Hatem Ben Belgacem (Ministry of Environment and Sustanaible Development, Tunisia)

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Good practices and challenges for awareness raising and education of biosafety issues: The case of Namibia
Ms Martha Kandawa-Schulz (Namibian Biotechnology Alliance and National Commission on Research, Science and Technology, Namibia)

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VI. Public participation:
Legislative framework, institutional arrangements and implementation efforts.

Model examples of public participation in relation to LMO/GMO decision-making
Mr Sergiy Vykhryst (The European ECO-Forum)

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Good practices and challenges in promoting public participation in Finland
Ms Marja Ruohonen-Lehto (Finnish Environment Institute SYKE Natural Environment Centre Conservation of Species, Finland)

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Good practices and tools used for engaging the public in decision-making
Mr Ilya Trombitsky (ECO TIRAS International Association of River Keepers)

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Public participation and biosafety: The Korean experience
Mr Ho-Min Jang (Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Republic of Korea)

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VII. Mechanisms for cooperation:
Examples of international cooperation and synergies.

Successful experience of implementing article 23 of the Cartagena Protocol
Ms. Galina Mozgova (Institute of Genetics and Cytology of the National Academy of Sciences, Belarus)

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The role of Aarhus Centres in promoting dialogue on LMOs/GMOs between public authorities and the public.
Ms. Galyna Sierova (Aarhus Centre, Ukraine)

 

 

 

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Checklist of key measures for ratification and implementation of the Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in the context of LMOs)/GMOs.

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Summary of tools and resources to support implementation of the Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in the context of LMOs)/GMOs.

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Public awareness, education and participation (Article 23)  report on the Programme of Work
Note by the CBD Executive Secretary (UNEP/CBD/BS/COP-MOP/8/15)

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Public awareness, access to information and public participation with regards to genetically modified organisms/living modified organisms: Overview of implementation of the Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (AC/GMO/2016/Inf.1)

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Public awareness, access to information and public participation with regards to genetically modified organisms/living modified organisms: Key provisions of the Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (AC/GMO/2016/Inf.2)

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Guidelines on access to information,  public participation and access to justice with respect to genetically modified organisms (Lucca Guidelines)

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Programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (2011-2015)
(UNEP/CBD/BS/COP-MOP/5/17)

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