The global roundtable on access to information, public participation and access to justice regarding living/genetically modified organisms (LMOs/GMOs) will be held on 16-17 October 2013 at the Palais des Nations (Salle VIII) in Geneva, Switzerland.
The roundtable is a joint event on the Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Participants will have the opportunity to hear expert presentations, and to share their own experiences and lessons learned, regarding:
- Key issues of concern for Parties and stakeholders with respect to access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice regarding LMOs/GMOs
- Obstacles and challenges encountered in the implementation of the Aarhus Convention's Almaty Amendment on GMOs and the Lucca Guidelines on GMOs, and Article 23 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety as well as good practices and innovative tools to address them
- Opportunities for cooperation and capacity building
- Priorities for future work
The roundtable coincides with the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
Its outcomes are intended to facilitate the implementation of the Aarhus Convention’s Almaty Amendment on GMOs and to contribute to the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol's programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning LMOs. The joint report of the roundtable will be submitted to the upcoming session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention and the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 7). Parties to both treaties will consider these outcomes for their future work on LMOs/GMOs.
The provisional agenda and other documentation for the roundtable will be made available online in due course. Please check this web page regularly.
Please note that this is a paper free meeting. No documents will be made available in the meeting room. We kindly urge you to bring with you all documents that you will require.
Registration, Visa, Financial support and Practical information
Participants are requested to complete the registration form (attached) and send it by e-mail to the secretariat at public. firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, but not later than 2 October 2013. Participants requiring a personal invitation letter for visa purposes should indicate it clearly in the registration form and submit the registration form as early as possible taking into account the period required to obtain the visa.
Limited funds are available to support delegates from countries with economies in transition, eligible for financial support, and NGOs. Participants requiring such support are requested to complete the financial support form (attached) and send it to the secretariat together with the registration form at public. email@example.com as soon as possible, but not later than 5 September 2013.
Wireless internet is available in all meeting rooms. Kindly note that electrical power plugs and sockets are unique to Switzerland within the UNECE region (type J, three-pin, 230 V, 50 Hz), and respectively require an adaptor, though slim two-pin plugs (type C) will fit.
For additional practical information, please consult: http://www.unece.org/env/pp/practical.
Key dates to remember:
Deadlines for financial support: 5 September 2013
Registration deadline: 2 October 2013
Provisional Agenda (as of 14 October 2013)
Report (advanced edited copy)
Aarhus Convention GMO Amendment
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Article 23)
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: 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)
Access to information, public participation and access to justice with regards to genetically modified organisms/living modified organisms. Overview of implementation of the Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (AC/GMO/Inf.1)
Access to information, public participation and access to justice with regards to genetically modified organisms/living modified organisms. Key provisions of the Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (AC/GMO/Inf.2)
Public Involvement in decision-making; Latvia Experience
Assisting in ratifying and implementing the Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol by clarifying some of their key provisions
Ratification and Implementation of the GMO Amendment to the Aarhus Convention: Key challenges and needs
EU policy and best practices on access to information on GMOs
Access to information regarding GMOs in Norway
Measures undertaken by the Republic of Moldova in order to implement the amendment to the Aarhus Convention and article 23 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
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 GMOs
Access to information and public participation in Biosafety in countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucausus and Central Asia
Methods and tools for public participation in decision-making processes regarding the deliberate introduction of LMOs into the environment in the Netherlands
Engaging public researchers in regulation and the general public in science
The private sector's perspectives on public participation
Good practices in engaging NGOs in public participation in decision-making process regarding LMOs/GMOs in the UNECE region
Challenges for access to justice
The private sector's perspectives on access to information