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article thumbnailIf you are interested in up to date information on biosafety issues and GMOs, you can find interesting information on the website of the Third World Network, in its section on biosafety. The website includes interesting and in-depth information on impacts of GMOs in different areas, civil soceity actions, intergouvernmental decisions, negotiations, etc. 
article thumbnailMore information on: http://stopgetrees.org/genetically-engineered-eucalyptus-trees-brazil-us/   CAMPAIGN TO STOP GE TREES EXPANDS TO FOUR CONTINENTSNew York - Two unprecedented applications are pending that, if approved, would allow the commercial sale of millions of genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees for development into vast industrial GE tree plantations in the US and Brazil. The Campaign to STOP GE Trees [1] is expanding and mobilizing to stop these and all large-scale releases of GE trees into the environment.In the US, ArborGen has a request pending with the Department of Agriculture to commercially sell freeze-tolerant GE eucalyptus trees; in Brazil, Futuragene has requested permission from CTNBio, the Brazilian biosafety...
Call for supported participants COP12
Thursday, 07 August 2014
article thumbnailFrom 6th till 17th of October the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP) will be held in pyeongchang, Korea. It will be held in parallel (13-17 oct) to the first meeting of the Parties for the Nagoya Protocol, and will be preceded (29 september- 3 Oct) by the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol. The CBD Alliance counts with funding for 2 persons to assist the meetings, thanks to the support by the Siemenpuu Foundation. Furthermore, there is a small amount of funding, which can cover a preparatory meeting, organized by the supported participant, to involve his/her constituency in the preparations of these meetings. The funding covers: visa costs, flights, and a per diem of 50US$ per day, including the travel days. Deadline ...
article thumbnailSBSTTA Plenary, 25th of June, agenda item 6, New and emerging issues, Synthetic Biology   1) Intervention by Silvia Ribeiro, ETCgroup Gracias señor presidente, Hablo a nombre del Grupo ETC, como miembro de la Alianza CDB  ¿Es muy temprano o muy tarde para decidir sobre biología sintética? Con respecto a nuevas tecnologías, la industria siempre dice que es demasiado pronto, porque las evaluaciones de impacto y regulaciones impiden el desarrollo de la tecnología. Cuando ya están en los mercados, dicen que la regulación impactará los mercados y por tanto no es posible. Así se multiplican los impactos de tecnologías, que se podrían haber evitado. Los productos de la biología sintética se desarrollan a un ritmo vertiginoso, 4 veces más rápido que la Ley...
article thumbnailThe CBD Alliance recalls how in 2012 we welcomed the new Executive’s Secretary and his priority: implementation, implementation, implementation.  We greatly welcomed this and we continue to call on Parties, here in SBSTTA 18, to bear this in mind.  We as civil society are a vast and diverse group, comprising different peoples, cultures, generations, livelihoods, and knowledge systems.  But we are united and uncompromising in our desire to be full participants at the table, as many of our members nurture, and depend on biodiversity and our future depends on it.  We therefore ask for full and meaningful participation in determining the solutions that will work for the CBD community. Today, we would like to convey both our concerns on issues...
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