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The Cartagena Protocol On Biosafety: A Record Of The Negotiations  

The Cartagena Protocol On Biosafety: A Record Of The Negotiations

The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP) is the governing body of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The meeting was held from 23 to 27 February 2004 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Over 750 participants attended the meeting, representing 81 Parties to the Protocol, 79 non-Parties, as well as UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), intergovernmental organizations,indigenous and local communities, academia and industry. Delegates adopted 13 decisions on, inter alia: decision making by Parties of import; capacity building and the roster of experts; handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs),formation sharing and the Biosafety Clearing-house (BCH); liability and redress; compliance; other issues for implementation; the medium-term programme of work for the COP/ MOP; guidance to the financial mechanism; and the budget for distinct costs of the Secretariat and the biosafety work programme. . The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety was adopted in January 2000 as a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).Its objective is to protect biological diversity from the potential risks that may be posed by living modified organisms (LMOs) , or what are commonly referred to as genetically modified organisms (GMOs), resulting from modern biotechnology. The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is one of the most important international treaties recently adopted. It marks the commitment of the international community to ensure the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms. It is an historic commitment as it is the first binding international agreement dealing with Biosafety,thereby addressing novel and controversial issues. . During the opening day of the meeting on February 23, a new book entitled:The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: A record of the Negotiations,published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity was launched. The book aims to contribute to the institutional memory and to the historical record of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The book provides a brief overview of the process undertaken in respect of Article 19(3) of the Convention, and analysis of the development of the provisions of the Protocol.


Uploaded on: Jul 2005
File size: 1.2 MB - Language: English
Keyword(s): Biodiversity/Protected Areas , Policy/Legal Issues
Category: Society

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