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Joint Global Round Table on LMOs/GMOs

16 - 18 December 2019

Salle VII, Palais des Nations Geneva, Switzerland.

The third joint Round Table on Public Awareness, Access to Information and Public Participation regarding living modified organisms/genetically modified organisms (LMOs/GMOs) will be held in Geneva on 16 -18 December 2019 (Palais des Nations, Salle VII).

The roundtable is organized under the auspices of the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (Cartagena Protocol).

The Round Table aims to build countries’ capacities through sharing knowledge, experiences and lessons learned in promoting public awareness, access to information and public participation regarding LMOs/GMOs and to make suggestions for future action at the national, regional and international levels. The meeting is expected to review a draft pocket guide on benefits, systemic challenges, priority areas and best practices related to LMOs/GMOs.

The event will start at 10.00 on 16 December and will adjourn at 13.00 on 18 December

Documents

The provisional agenda is available on this page in the document section below. Other documents are being uploaded on this page as soon as they become available.

Please note that this is a paper free meeting. No documents will be made available in the meeting room. Participants are strongly encouraged to download or print the meeting documents before the meeting so as not to face any problems in case of internet service disruption. Please check this web page regularly and make sure that you bring with you all documents required for the meeting.

Registration and Visa

All participants are requested to register online through the following link:
https://uncdb.unece.org/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=GahEVV

Deadline for registration with financial support: 4 November 2019
Deadline for registration without financial support: 1 December 2019

We recommend using Internet Explorer browser for the online meeting registration. In case of difficulties you may refer to the user manual or please contact the secretariat (public.participation[at]un.org) directly.

Please ensure while registering online that you provide us with your contacts (e.g. post address, phone number, email address) which can be made publicly available through the list of participants.

Participants requiring a personal invitation letter for visa purposes should click on the “visa required” option and register for the meeting as early as possible, taking into account the period required to obtain the visa.

Financial support

Limited funds are available to support delegates from countries with economies in transition, eligible for financial support, NGOs and invited speakers. Participants who are applying for financial support should register as soon as possible before 4 November 2019 through the same as above link: https://uncdb.unece.org/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=GahEVV

Representatives of Governments should submit the completed financial support form  to the secretariat by e-mail (public.participation[at]un.org), indicating in the subject line “Country name – GMO RT financial support request” before the same date – 4 November 2019. Kindly note that financial support request will be considered only after submission of duly filled in financial support request form and online registration through the link mentioned above.

NGO and other participants are not required to submit the financial support request form. Kindly indicate in the comments box: “financial support requested” and briefly describe your expertise and case studies relevant to the subjects to be considered by the Round table, while registering online before the same date – 4 November 2019.

Practical information

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. In addition, kindly note that you can drink tap water at the Palais des Nations. As there will be no drinking water served in the meeting room, we encourage delegates to bring reusable bottles or containers for tap water.

Key dates to remember

Deadline for registration with financial support: 4 November 2019
Deadline for registration without financial support: 1 December 2019

 

 

Documents

 

Document titleENGFRERUS
Provisional Programme [Please note that the meeting room has been changed to Salle VII]PDF
Draft GMO Pocket Guide (version 29 November 2019) PDF
The Programme of Work on Public Awareness, Education and Participation regarding LMOs and its priority areas (The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety)               available through this link
Key guidance and other material related to GMOavailable through this link