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UgandaUganda - UGANDA FIRST NATIONAL BCH WORKSHOP 21-22 MARCH 2018
Uganda's first BCH National Training workshop was conducted from 21-22 March in Entebbe; attracting participants from government agencies, ministries, academia, research institutes, farmers federation among others. Participants were taken through the national obligations benefits of participating in the CPB and the BCH and taught how to find information, upload information and how to access training and information materials from the Virtual Learning Environment and the Help system on the BCH-3 website and the BCH central portal. More...
PanamaPanama - Aviso de Convocatoria, Representantes de la Sociedad Civil, Comisión Nacional de Bioseguridad para los OGMs
La Secretaría Técnica de la Comisión Nacional de Bioseguridad para los Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (STCNB), informa que desde las 8:00 a.m. del 5 de abril hasta las 4:00 p.m. del 4 de mayo de 2018, se estará recibiendo al correo electrónico de la STCNB: secretariatecnica.cnb@gmail.com, los candidatos postulados a participar como representantes de la Sociedad Civil en la CNB para los Organismos Genéticamente Modificados, sean personas naturales o jurídicas del sector comercial, salud, agropecuario, ambiental y de las universidades panameñas. More...
RwandaRwanda - Rwanda First National Training workshop on BCH
Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) in collaboration with the UN Environment organized the First National BCH capacity building workshop in the context of the UN Environment  – Global Environment Facility Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III) from 28-29 March 2018, at La Palisse Golden Tulip Hotel, Nyamata, Rwanda. The workshop aimed at providing the country's key stakeholders with a common understanding of: the common format of the BCH records as well as the methods for finding information and the procedures for registering and publishing biosafety related decisions and identifying national procedures and operational linkages to gather information to be put on the BCH in line with the NBF's implementation and sustainability and training plan. The workshop was attended by 30 participants from governmental ministries, agencies, farmers, agroprocessors, universities, research institutions, media offices and NGOs. The opening remarks were given by Ms. Marie Laetitia Busokeye , Head of Department of Environmental Planning, Research and Development, Mr Emmanuel Kabera, the CPB and BCH focal Point for Rwanda and Mr Rami Abdel-Malik ( the BCH3 project Manager), UN Environment. Sessions were given by and   Dr Ossama AbdelKawy (anglophone Africa Regional Specialist) and Rachel Shibalira (Regional Advisor) the BCH3 project, UN Environment.
The presentations on country status were given by Mr Emmanuel Kabera.
ZimbabweZimbabwe - Zimbabwe First National BCH Workshop
The National Biotechnology Authority (NBA) in collaboration with the UN Environment organized the First National BCH capacity building workshop in the context of the UN Environment  – Global Environment Facility Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III) from 15-16 March 2018, at the Zimbabwe High Performance Computing Centre (ZHPCC), Harare, Zimbabwe. The workshop aimed at providing the country's key stakeholders with a common understanding of: the common format of the BCH records as well as the methods for finding information and the procedures for registering and publishing biosafety related decisions and identifying national procedures and operational linkages to gather information to be put on the BCH in line with the NBF's implementation and sustainability and training plan. The workshop was attended by 40 participants from governmental ministries, agencies, farmers, agroprocessors, universities, research institutions, media offices and NGOs. The opening remarks were given by DR. Obatolu-Ushewokunze , Interim Board Chairperson for the NBA advisory board, Dr Jonathan Mufandaedza, CEO& Registrar, National Biotechnology Authority of Zimbabwe, Emmanuel Kabali, Food and Agriculture  Organization (FAO) and   Dr Ossama AbdelKawy (anglophone Africa Regional Specialist) the BCH3 project, UN Environment.
Côte d'IvoireCôte d'Ivoire - ATELIER NATIONAL DE FORMATION DES PARTIES PRENANTES CLES SUR LE CEPRB
Dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre du « Projet BCH 3 du PNUE-FEM pour le renforcement durable des capacités en vue d’une participation effective au Centre d’Echange pour la Prévention des Risques Biotechnologiques » le Ministère de la Salubrité, de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable, en collaboration avec l’ONU Environnement, a organisé un atelier national de formation des Parties prenantes clés sur le portail international de biosécurité. More...
NamibiaNamibia - Namibia first national biosafety clearing house workshop
The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) in collaboration with the UN Environment organized the First National BCH capacity building workshop in the context of the UN Environment  – Global Environment Facility Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III) from 6-8 March 2018 In Okahandja, Namibia. The workshop aimed at providing the country's key stakeholders with a common understanding of: the common format of the BCH records as well as the methods for finding information and the procedures for registering and publishing biosafety related decisions and identifying national procedures and operational linkages to gather information to be put on the BCH in line with the NBF's implementation and sustainability and training plan. The workshop was attended by 23 participants from governmental ministries, agencies, farmers, agroprocessors, media offices and NGOs. The opening remarks were given by Mr Vincent Nowaseb (General Manager of Innovation and Technology Development) and facilitated by Paulus Mungeyi (Biotechnology Manager), Lavinia Mbongo (Biosafety inspector) all from NCRST and  Dr Ossama AbdelKawy (anglophone Africa regional Specialist), and David Hafashimana (regional Advisor) of the BCH3 project, UN Environment.
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsPress release: The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress enters into force, 5 March 2018.
The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety enters into force, 5 March 2018.
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsResources for the celebration of the entry into force of the Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress
A downloadable/printable poster and a new factsheet are now available for the celebration of the entry into force of the Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress, 5 March 2018. More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsIssue 13 of the Biosafety Protocol News - biosafety newsletter
The thirteenth issue of the biosafety newsletter - the Biosafety Protocol News - is now available. The theme is "Joint Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety/Aarhus Convention Cooperation Public Access to Information and Public Participation". It features eight articles, including from Austria, Georgia, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Namibia, the Philippines, Serbia and Tunisia. It is available in high and low resolution at http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/cpb_newsletter.shtml
ZambiaZambia - BCH first National Workshop
The Zambian National Biosafety Authority in collaboration with the UN Environment organized the First National BCH capacity building workshop in the context of the UN Environment  – Global Environment Facility Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III) from 20-21 February 2018 In Lusaka, Zambia. The workshop aimed at providing the country's key stakeholders with a common understanding of: the common format of the BCH records as well as the methods for finding information and the procedures for registering and publishing biosafety related decisions and identifying national procedures and operational linkages to gather information to be put on the BCH in line with the NBF's implementation and sustainability and training plan. The workshop was attended by 20 participants from various institutions of the country. The opening remarks were given by Dr Paul Zambezi (Chairperson of the National Biosafety Authority) and Mr Lackson Tonga (CEO of the National Biosafety Authority) and facilitated by Dr Ossama AbdelKawy (anglophone Africa regional Specialist), and Lilian Nfor (regional Advisor) of the BCH3 project, UN Environment.
KenyaKenya - Kenyan National Biosafety Clearing House Training workshop
The Kenyan National Biosafety Authority in collaboration with the UN Environment organized the First National BCH capacity building workshop in the context of the UN Environment  – Global Environment Facility Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III) from 30 to 31 January 2018 In Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop aimed at providing the country's key stakeholders with a common understanding of: the common format of the BCH records as well as the methods for finding information and the procedures for registering and publishing biosafety related decisions and identifying national procedures and operational linkages to gather information to be put on the BCH in line with the NBF's implementation and sustainability and training plan. The workshop was attended by 30 participants from various institutions of the country. The opening remarks were given by Prof Dorington Ogoyi (acting CEO of the Kenyan national Biosafety Authprity) and Dr Jiri Hlavacek (Chief of Environmental Giovernance and Conventions Branch) and facilitated by Mr Rami Abdel-malik (BCH 3 Project Manager), Dr Ossama AbdelKawy (anglophone Africa regional Specialist), and Charles Kouassi (regional Advisor) of the BCH3 project, UN Environment.