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IUCN helps Maldives to finalise the National Biosafety Policy and …
IUCN Regional Biodiversity Programme, Asia had the honour of working with a range of stakeholders and an inter-ministerial committee in Maldives to help Republic of Maldives finalise the national biosafety policy and the biosafety framework. During the final stakeholder workshop held in Male on 11th Spetember 2005 the policy and framework was presented to the inter-ministerial group for finalisation.
Speaking on the occassion the Director General of Environment Research Center, Dr. Mohamed Ali welcomed the partnership with IUCN on this important national initiative and suggested that Maldives be better prepared to deal with issues of environmental safety related to genetically modified organisms. Speaking on the occassion, the deputy minister of Ministry of Environment, Energy and Water Mr. A Majeed suggested that Maldives be pro-actively involved in issues of trade and biosafety.
This activity by IUCN Regional Biodiversity Programme, Asia is in continuation of the Programme’s support in the region to help countries and stakeholders develop capacities on issues of biosafety for better implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, an international Protocol agreed under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
For more information: www.biodiversityasia.org/biosafety
Regional Conference on the Agenda for WTO Hong Kong Ministerial ..
Are trade, trade liberalisation linked to development and growth? Can Hong Kong WTO Ministerial Meeting provide leads to take forward the interests of developing countries? Will the 6th WTO Ministerial Meeting be the provider of life-line for Doha Agenda? These are some of the questions some 80 participants asked amongst themselves within South Asia Region at the Pre-WTO Session of Global Biodiversity Forum (GBF) held in New Delhi, India during August 11-12, 2005.
This GBF being organised by RIS India, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) in partnership with national and regional organisation in South Asia is seen as a key forum to provide a strategic platform for WTO Ministerial in light of failure of the July Approximation discussions. Seen as a true key forum – perhaps the first in the region on linking environment, biodiversity and trade – this GBF will provide feedback to not only to the WTO Ministerial Meeting in Hong Kong but also to the South Asia meeting in Pakistan in October, the MDG + 5 review meeting, the multilateral environment agreement negotiations including the CBD COP 8 and UNFCCC COP 11 and Kyoto COP – MOP – 1.
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In partnership with the International Development and
In partnership with the International Development and Research Center (IDRC) RBP launched the Proceedings of Asia Regional Consultation on “Setting a Research Agenda on Agricultural Biotechnology for Asia” during a side event held in Montreal, Canada at the COP-MOP2 meeting on biosafety.
IUCN Partnered with UNDP and LMMC ….
IUCN Partnered with UNDP and the Like Minded Group of Megabiodiverse Countries (LMMC) to organise the expert group meeting on ABS and the international regime in New Delli, India.
17 – 19 January 2005 | View Report…..
In Partnership with the International Development……..
In Partnership with the International Development and Research Centers (IDRC) RBP launched the Proceedings of Asia Regional Consultation on “Setting a Research Agenda on agricultural biotechnology for Asia” during a side event held in Montreal, Canada at the COP-MOP2 meeting on biodiversity.
IUCN helps prepare for COP-MOP2…..
IUCN helps prepare for COP-MOP2 at the invitation of Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, the Regional Biodiversity Programme-Asia supported a one-day national consultation on the agenda at COP-MOP2 meeting of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety held in partnership RIS in New Delli, India. (May 2005)
Soliciting Experience on Linking Conservation and Development If you have Something to Contribute……
Preparing for WTO Ministerial Meeting in Hong Kong…
IUCN-RBP is partnering with several national, regional and international agencies in supporting preparation for the forthcoming WTO Ministerial Meeting to be held in Hong Kong during December 2005.
The main focus of this initiative is to mainstream biodiversity and environmental considerations in to WTO debates.
Regional Session of Global Biodiversity Forum
IUCN-RBP is currently supporting organisations of two sessions of Global Biodiversity Forum (GBF) prior to the World Trade Organisation meeting (WTO) in Hong Kong through the UNEP-GEF project on GBF.