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Round table on access to information, public participation and access to justice regarding LMOs/GMOs

16 - 17 October 2013

Geneva, Switzerland

The global roundtable on access to information, public participation and access to justice regarding living/genetically modified organisms (LMOs/GMOs) was held on 16-17 October 2013 at the Palais des Nations (Salle VIII) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The roundtable was a joint event on the Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety featuring expert presentations and sharing of 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 coincided with the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Its outcomes are expected to facilitate further 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.

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Provisional Agenda (as of 14 October 2013)

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List of Participants

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Report (advanced edited copy)

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Aarhus Convention GMO Amendment

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Lucca Guidelines

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Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Article 23) 

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Results of survey on access to information, public participation and access to justice regarding LMOs/GMOs

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Public Involvement in decision-making; Latvia Experience
Ms Inese Aleksejeva, Ministry of Agriculture, Latvia

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Assisting in ratifying and implementing the Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol by clarifying some of their key provisions
Mr Veit Koester, former Chair of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee and of the Compliance Committee under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

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Ratification and Implementation of the GMO Amendment to the Aarhus Convention: Key challenges and needs
Mr Theodore Koukis, Aarhus Convention Secretariat

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EU policy and best practices on access to information on GMOs
Ms Aude L'Hirondel, Directorate General Health and Consumer, European Commission

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Access to information regarding GMOs in Norway
Mr Casper Linnestad, Norwegian Ministry of the Environment

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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
Mr Adrian, Panciuc, Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova

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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
Mr Erie Tamale and Ulrika Nilsson, Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat

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Access to information and public participation in Biosafety in countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucausus and Central Asia
Mr Ilya Trombitsky, Eco-TIRAS

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Methods and tools for public participation in decision-making processes regarding the deliberate introduction of LMOs into the environment in the Netherlands
Ms Annemiek van Waterschoot, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

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Engaging public researchers in regulation and the general public in science
Mr Marcel Kuntz, Centre national de la recherché scientifique (CNRS), France

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The private sector's perspectives on public participation
Mr Manuel Gomez-Barbero, EuropaBio

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Good practices in engaging NGOs in public participation in decision-making process regarding LMOs/GMOs in the UNECE region
Mr Serhiy Vykhryst, European ECO-Forum

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Challenges for access to justice
Ms Mute Schimpf, Friends of the Earth Europe

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The private sector's perspectives on access to information
Mr Dominic Muyldermans, Croplife-EuropaBio

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