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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.
BelarusBelarus - Belarus. Webinar and Training Module
On November 28, 2017 at 11:00 (UTC + 3), the National Coordination Biosafety Centre of the Institute of Genetics and Cytology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus conducted a webinar on “Detection, Identification and Quantitative Determination of GMOs in Food Products, Raw Materials and Seeds within the Context of the Republic of Belarus Legislation”  for employees of the Laboratories for the Detection of GMOs and employees of Customs bodies of the Republic of Belarus. The corresponding on-line training module posted on the link http://www.biosafety.by/vebinary/ . More...
BelarusBelarus - Belarus. National Biosafety Database and Website biosafety.by
The National Coordination Biosafety Centre at the Institute of Genetics and Cytology, NAS of Belarus announces the transfer of the National Biosafety Database to a new platform and the change of the domain name from biosafety.org.by to biosafety.by. Currently, all materials are available in Russian. More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsCentral and Eastern Europe Training Workshop from 20 to 24 November 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia
The UN Environment – Global Environment Facility Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III) organized a Central and Eastern Europe Training Workshop from 20 to 24 November 2017 in Belgrade More...
Saint LuciaSaint Lucia - Saint Lucia endorses National Biosafety Policy
Saint Lucia demonstrates its commitment to Biodiversity conservation and endorses the National Biosafety Policy and Legislation.On Wednesday 3rd May, 2017, the Cabinet of Ministers announced its endorsement of the Biosafety policy and authorised Attorney General’s Chambers to finalise the Biosafety Bill and regulations. These legal instruments will regulate the use and creation of GMOs and LMOs through a licensing system and will solicit background information on persons wishing to use or import GMOs into the country. The Biosafety bill establishes bodies of technical and scientific experts who will be called upon to review applications, assess the risk and determine whether the genetically modified product will have any negative impacts on human health and the environment, and if so, how these can be avoided. The Biosafety regulations assign fines of up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) for persons importing, using, creating or transporting a GMO without the required license. More...
SenegalSenegal - Atelier sur les applications de la technologie <<Gene-Drive>> dans les systémes de santé publique
L’autorité Nationale de Biosécurité du Sénégal, dirigée par Monsieur Ousseynou Kassé a organisé, du 09 au 11 Octobre 2017, un atelier sur les applications de la technologie <<Gene-Drive>> dans les systèmes de santé publique pour mener la réflexion autour de la problématique de l’adoption des biotechnologies modernes du « gene-drive ».

La Cérémonie d’ouverture qui a eu lieu le mardi 10 avril à 10h00, a été présidé par le Ministre de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable, Professeur  Mame Thierno Dieng, en présence des représentants des Services étatiques et d'organisations de la société civile.

Dans son discours, Monsieur le Ministre a exprimé tout le plaisir qu’il éprouvait en présidant l’ouverture des travaux. Il a rappelé aussi l’engagement des pouvoirs publics à positionner les enjeux de biosécurité au centre des préoccupations de  l’Etat.
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsUN Environment - Global Environment Facility Regional Training Workshop for Caribbean BCH National FPs in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
The UN Environment – Global Environment Facility Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III) organized the Caribbean Regional Training Workshop from 3 to 6 October 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The workshop aimed at assisting countries to sustain their participation in the BCH as established under Article 20 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB). Under component 1, the BCH III Project seeks to ensure that countries will benefit from experiences in neighbouring and other countries regarding their National Biosafety Frameworks and especially their BCH management.

The workshop was attended by Biosafety Clearing House National Focal Points (BCH NFPs) from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Suriname, Grenada, Jamaica and Dominica as well as the Permanent Secretary (Ag.) and her Deputy of the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs from Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean Biosafety Project Manager, University of West Indies, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and the UN Environment team.

Seven Caribbean countries developed national and regional strategies based on gaps and needs identified at national and regional levels to help their own country move forward to reach the expected BCH-III Project outcomes and enhance CPB compliance. The BCH NFPs developed and agreed upon a Caribbean BCH Roadmap with clear targets and indicators.

For workshop impressions, please view https://www.facebook.com/sustainablebch3/videos/138123766820408/
MexicoMexico - CONVOCATORIA: Cuarto Curso Regional para el Fortalecimiento de Capacidades en bioseguridad de organismos genéticamente modificados.
En seguimiento de las actividades de Divulgación y Comunicación coordinadas por la Secretaría Ejecutiva de la CIBIOGEM y en consideración a la importancia de la cooperación internacional en el fortalecimiento de capacidades técnicas entre países de la Región Latinoamericana, acciones asociadas al Plan Nacional de Desarrollo para delinear un México con Responsabilidad Global; esta Secretaría Ejecutiva convoca a participar en el “Cuarto Curso Regional para el Fortalecimiento de Capacidades en bioseguridad de organismos genéticamente modificados” que se realizará del 16 al 20 de octubre de 2017, en la Ciudad de México.

Le informamos que el registro se encontrará abierto del 23 de junio al 4 de agosto.
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