Biodiversity Convention Decides to Address Conflicts of Interest

Parties to the CBD have approved conflicts of interest procedures to limit the influence of private sector industry and other economic and vested interests from unduly influencing decisions taken to protect biological diversity. […]

Biosafety Protocol agrees important work on risk assessment of GMOs

Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety have adopted a decision that puts its important risk assessment work firmly back on track, after previous setbacks […]

Rapid Synthetic Biology Developments Necessitate “Horizon Scanning”

Parties to the CBD have concluded that the rapid and fast-paced developments in the field of synthetic biology and their potential adverse effects need to be anticipated, monitored and assessed. […]

Reboot on GMO Risk Assessment Work Under Biosafety Protocol

Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, at a subsidiary meeting in Montreal, have breathed some life back into the risk assessment work that is critical to the implementation of the Protocol. […]

Biosafety Protocol Stalled on Risk Assessment

Further work on biosafety risk assessment which is a key pillar under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety has received a setback at the UN Biodiversity Conference […]

Report of Scientific Conference Taking Stock – 20 Years of GM Crops – 40 Years of ‘Genetic Engineering’

The report of the recent Scientific Conference, Taking Stock – 20 years of GM crops – 40 years of ‘genetic engineering’, which was held in Mexico City, 1-2 December 2016. […]

Future Work on Risk Assessment Under the Biosafety Protocol Threatened

At the meeting of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in Cancun, Mexico, the continued work on risk assessment under the Protocol is under threat. […]

160 Global Groups Call for Moratorium on New Genetic Extinction

A wide spectrum of 160 civil society organisations and networks have called for a global moratorium on the controversial genetic extinction technology known as “gene drives”. […]

UN Biodiversity Conference to Debate Synthetic Biology, Financial Resources Mobilization

The issue of synthetic biology, which cross cuts the Convention on Biological Diversity, Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing, will be among the most hotly debated issue at the UN Biodiversity Conference. […]

TWN Briefings for UN Biodiversity Conference #3

This briefing discusses what Parties to the CBD and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety can do in order to advance the work on risk assessment of synthetic biology at the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancún. […]