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MexicoMexico - “Primera Reunión de la Secretaría Ejecutiva de la CIBIOGEM con Investigadores del Occidente”
La reunión tiene como objetivo general: Generar un espacio de intercambio de información entre los investigadores y funcionarios de la Secretaría Ejecutiva de la CIBIOGEM sobre el marco regulatorio nacional en materia de bioseguridad, actividades de fomento a la investigación en biotecnología, formulación de proyectos y actividades de fortalecimiento de la cultura de bioseguridad de los OGMs More...
MexicoMexico - Sexto Día de Puertas Abiertas de la CIBIOGEM- 10 años en el camino de la Bioseguridad de los OGMs
El Sexto Día de Puertas Abiertas está dirigido a todo público interesado en conocer sobre Bioseguridad y Biotecnología de los OGMs y cómo el Gobierno Federal implementa la ley y su reglamento para asegurar la inocuidad y la protección del medio ambiente y la diversidad en su manejo en México a través de la CIBIOGEM. More...
Iran (Islamic Republic of)Iran (Islamic Republic of) - A Biosafety meeting held by the Secretariat of Ministry of Health and Medical Education Biosafety Committee
To conduct situation analysis and review on road map on national system for Biosafety; Secretariat of Ministry of Health and Medical Education Biosafety Committee which is located in Food and Drug Administration held a biosafety meeting from 14-18 June, 2015, Tehran- I.R.Iran.

Dr. Angela Lozan the head of Biosafety department in Ministry of Environment of Moldova participated as consultant at this meeting to provide recommendations on:
• Developing strategic plan and the road map
• GM Food safety assessment
• Public awareness and participation

Meeting agenda was as follows:
First day: Gap Analysis of Biosafety in Iran based on Iran Biosafety Law;
Second day: Review and analysis on public awareness and participation status in Iran; 
Third day: Review and analysis on GM food safety assessment guidelines;
Fourth day:Developing road map and plan of action with wrap up session;
Fifth day: Visiting Food and Drug Control Reference Laboratory

Representatives from public and private stakeholders including Ministries of Health & Medical Education; Science, Research & Technology; Agriculture, Department of Environment and National Standards Organization participated at this meeting.

Dr. Dinarvand (Deputy Minister of  Health and Medical Education) and the head of Ministerial Biosafety Committee and Dr. Kheirandish secretary of Ministerial Biosafety Committee thanked Dr. Lozan for her  fruitful recommendations.
SenegalSenegal - Atelier de partage sur les enjeux liés aux biotechnologies modernes en vue de fournir des otils d'aide à la décision
Les 11 et 12 juin 2015, s’est tenu à Saly (environ 80 km au sud de Dakar la capitale du Sénégal), un atelier de réflexion sur les enjeux liés aux biotechnologies modernes, en vue de fournir aux décideurs, une note d’orientation générale facilitant l’aide à la décision. Cette rencontre, organisée par le Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, sur instruction de la Primature, a vu la participation d’une cinquante d’experts provenant de différents départements ministériels, de l’Autorité Nationale de Biosécurité et de la société civile.
L’objectif global du séminaire était d’établir un état des lieux sur la question des organismes génétiquement modifiés et d’évaluer les risques qu’ils peuvent présenter sur l’agriculture, l’élevage,  la pêche,  l’environnement et la santé humaine.
Le séminaire visait les objectifs spécifiques suivants :
• Faire une analyse de la situation actuelle du pays en matière de biotechnologie et de biosécurité en termes de contraintes et d’opportunités (sur le plan des ressources humaines, des infrastructures)
• Etudier les différents instruments légaux, au niveau national et international, permettant d’encadrer le développement et l’utilisation des biotechnologies modernes.
• apprécier le rôle et la place de la recherche (publique et privée) et des innovations dans le domaine des biotechnologies
• Proposer des stratégies pour assurer l’utilisation sans danger des produits issus de la biotechnologie.
Outre ces orientations générales, cet atelier a également permis d’apprécier le dispositif réglementaire et le fonctionnement des organes de régulation en matière de biosécurité au Sénégal et défini à cet effet des axes d’amélioration afin de mieux intégrer les dispositions du  Protocole additionnel de Nagoya Kuala Lumpur et celles du Règlement de l’UEMOA.
UruguayUruguay - Proyecto FAO TCP/URU/3403: "Fortalecimiento de la capacidad nacional en bioseguridad de la biotecnología para la producción agrícola sustentable"
El Proyecto FAO TCP/URU/3403 "Fortalecimiento de la capacidad nacional en bioseguridad de la biotecnología para la producción agrícola sustentable" tendrá una duración de 12 meses y proporcionará los servicios de consultores especializados en coexistencia en sistemas productivos, análisis y detección de organismos genéticamente modificados, aspectos a considerar en el análisis de la evaluación de riesgos en ambiente y salud y comunicación de riesgos priorizando sectores educativos. Este Proyecto tiene como objetivo principal apoyar el uso responsable de la biotecnología en la producción agrícola, en base al uso de herramientas que brinda la metodología de análisis de riesgos, lo cual permitirá fortalecer el Gabinete Nacional de Bioseguridad (GNBio) mejorando las capacidades en la gestión, evaluación y comunicación de riesgos. More...
Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea - LMO Workshop for Bhutan Officials on Biosafety and Safety Management by Korea Biosafety Capacity Building Initiative
The Korea Biosafety Clearing House held a workshop for LMO safety management from April 21-24 for 10 government officials of Bhutan, titled, “LMO Workshop on Biosafety and Safety Management by the Korea Biosafety Capacity Building Initiative”.  This seminar was the first safety management workshop based on the “Korea Biosafety Capacity Building Initiative” proposed by Korea at the 7th Cartagena Protocol Meeting of the Parties of last year.

The Korea Biosafety Capacity Building Initiative shall be broken down into Biosafety Clearing House information sharing; LMO safety management (led by Korea); hazard assessment and management; detection and identification (led by SCBD).  From 2015 to 2020 for a total of 6 years, this Initiative shall be implemented for improvement of the Parties’ Protocol Implementation Capacity.  This year’s LMO safety management workshop was conducted for the civil servants of Bhutan, while at the end of the year, a Biosafety Clearing House capacity building workshop shall be held for approximately 20 countries.

At this LMO safety management workshop, 10 officials from Bhutan’s Ministry of Agriculture participated, including Vice-Minister Tenzin Dhendup, and Director General Karma Dorji.  This seminar was prepared to 1) introduce Korea’s safety management system for safe usage and management of LMOs, 2) share not only the development status and research safety management conditions of LMOs, but also real examples of experience to date regarding inspection and detection methodology, so that 3) major national case examples of biosafety system building for Bhutan could be provided, and 4) the network for information sharing with Bhutan that has existed since last year can be developed further.  For such purposes, presentations were conducted by related ministries and agencies regarding Korea’s LMO management system and R&D status.  Onsite visits were also made to harbors, etc.

Bhutan currently imports a lot of agricultural goods, and LMO safety and safety management have surfaced as important issues.  Shortly, a law related to LMOs is planned for legislation, and efforts are being made to proceed with more policy research. Through this year’s workshop, the Bhutan delegation was able to observe Korea’s case examples, which it said would prove to be quite helpful in building their national system going forward.

KBCH plans to hold another LMO safety management workshop at the second half of this year, while it will have several more opportunities of its kind by 2020.
MalaysiaMalaysia - Consultation Workshop for the Final Draft Report of the Study on the Establishment of a Regulatory Framework for Liability and Redress for Damage Caused by LMOs, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 31 March 2015
The Department of Biosafety Malaysia had conducted a consultation workshop for the final draft report of the Study on the Establishment of a Regulatory Framework for Liability and Redress for Damage Caused by LMOs. The workshop that was held on 31 March 2015 in Kuala Lumpur has attracted more than 60 participants representing various agencies and institutions.

The Study on the Establishment of a Regulatory Framework for Liability and Redress is carried out by the Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity Law (CEBLAW), University Malaya and aimed to suggest viable options for the establishment of a regulatory framework for liability and redress for damage caused by living modified organisms (LMOs) in Malaysia. This study started by setting out Malaysia’s obligations under the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety as they relate to the development of such a regulatory framework. An assessment and gap analysis of the existing statute and common law in Malaysia were also carried out, in order to determine the extent to which the current law is capable of addressing damage caused by LMOs in the manner required by the Supplementary Protocol as well as to identify any gaps in the current law. It then setting out the substantive legal issues that need to be addressed by any such regulatory framework, and to provide an overview of the manner in which these issues have been dealt with by existing liability and redress frameworks in jurisdictions. The study will conclude by presenting several options for implementing a regulatory framework for liability and redress for damage caused by LMOs within Malaysia’s existing legal framework, highlighting the advantages and drawbacks of each.

Three consultations have been conducted respectively with the Federal Government departments and agencies on 13 January 2015; the Sabah State Government on 23 January 2015; and the Sarawak State Government on 19 March 2015 to get their comments on the first draft report of the study.
MexicoMexico - PARTICIPANTES - SEGUNDO CURSO REGIONAL PARA EL FORTALECIMIENTO DE CAPACIDADES EN BIOSEGURIDAD DE ORGANISMOS GENÉTICAMENTE MODIFICADOS 2015
La Secretaría Ejecutiva de la Comisión Intersecretarial de Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (CIBIOGEM) en consideración de la importancia de la cooperación internacional en el fortalecimiento de capacidades técnicas entre países de la Región Latinoamericana, recibe de 10 países a 30 funcionarios para participar en el " Segundo Curso Regional para el Fortalecimiento de Capacidades en bioseguridad de organismos genéticamente modificados 2015" que se realizará del 23 al 27 de marzo de 2015 en la Ciudad de México.

El curso está dirigido a funcionarios gubernamentales de la Región interesados en el tema de bioseguridad, particularmente en los aspectos científicos, técnicos y jurídicos.

Adicionalmente, se contará con la participación de ocho funcionarios nacionales y dos estudiantes en calidad de participantes, así como con la colaboración de 38 funcionarios de las instancias que integran la CIBIOGEM en calidad de ponentes.
Iran (Islamic Republic of)Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Theoritical and practical Workshop on BCH Capacity building
Due to the importance of Biosafety Clearing House for successful and effective implementation of Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and in order to familiarize different stakeholders with BCH, Iran National Focal Point (NFP) organized a two days workshop on BCH Capacity building from 12 to 13 March 2015 in Kelardasht.
Dr. Ghareyazie (NFP) introduced the history of Protocol and provisions of CPB and Mrs. Nasrin Esmaeilzadeh (BCH focal point) introduced different sections of BCH central portal, including how to find and register information. National BCH also was introduced. Second day of the workshop was practical and participants could get access to BCH central portal and were asked to find different information from BCH.
Also, participants could get involved in helpful discussions related to the challenges of  biosafety.  
At the end, participants thanked NFP for organizing and performing this workshop and stressed the need of continuity of this kind of workshops.
Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea - Announcement of LMOs Statistics for 2014, Korea
The Korea Biosafety Clearing House announced the“LMOs Statistics for 2014”to the public, a collection of various data on development to consumption of LMOs, which encompasses domestic LMO R&D, Risk assessment, importing, public awareness and overseas planting. “LMOs Statistics for 2014”are compiled and disclosed to the public each year, and are based on various data related to LMOs that are delivered to the Korea Biosafety Clearing House by government agencies according to the “Transboundary Movement of Living Modified Organisms Act”. More...