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Biosafety Clearing-House NewsReview: Draft Aarhus Convention/CBD Pocket Guide on Access to Information and Public Participation regarding LMOs
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity has contributed, together with the Secretariat of the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) to the development of a draft pocket guide. The pocket guide aims to assist Governments to develop and implement legislation and procedures for effective access to information and public participation regarding LMOs and aims at furthering Programme Element 3 of the priority activities and areas of the programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (decision CP-VIII/18, Annex).

The draft pocket guide was presented for discussion to the third joint Aarhus Convention/Convention on Biological Diversity Roundtable on Public Awareness, Access to Information and Public Participation regarding Living Modified Organisms/Genetically Modified Organism, held 16-18 December 2019, Geneva, Switzerland. Participants to the round table meeting welcomed the draft pocket guide and provided comments. The draft pocket guide is now available for further review and can be accessed through the following link: https://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/env/pp/gmo/GMO_Round_table_2019/Pocket_Guide_draft_29_November_draft_not_for_citation.pdf.

Parties and observers are invited to submit their comments as soon as possible, but not later than 1 February 2020. Comments are to be submitted to: BCH@cbd.int