[enviro-vlc] THOUSANDS GATHER FOR MEETING ON UN-BACKED TREATY ON BIOSAFETY
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Subject: THOUSANDS GATHER FOR MEETING ON UN-BACKED TREATY ON BIOSAFETY
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 20:01:23 -0400
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THOUSANDS GATHER FOR MEETING ON UN-BACKED TREATY ON BIOSAFETY
New York, May 12 2008 8:00PM
More than 3000 participants from 147 countries have assembled in Bonn, the
former German capital, for the start of a week-long <"
http://www.cbd.int/mop4/">meeting on how to improve their commitments to
ensuring the safe use of modern biotechnology as outlined under a United
The fourth meeting of the parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, itself
a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity, began today
in Bonn, according to a
issued by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
The agency said that one of the priorities of this weeks meeting will be to try
to reach agreement on international rules on liability and redress for potential
damages caused by the movements of living modified organisms (LMOs), often known
as genetically modified organisms.
Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary to the Convention, urged the delegates at
the meeting to seize the moment and reach agreement.
You are mandated to fulfil the requirement, set out in Article 27 in 2000, when
the Protocol was signed, he said. In doing this, you will ensure the effective
implementation of the Protocol.
Participants at the conference in Bonn will also discuss other issues, including
finding ways to finance the continued work of the Protocol and assessing the
socio-economic impact that LMOs have on biodiversity.
For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news
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