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Biosafety Clearing-House NewsFRENCH - New webinar on "How to use the BCH Management Centre for BCH Central Portal National Authorized Users management" (FRENCH) - 29 November 2018
The UNE-GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the BCH (BCH III) will offer a new webinar on "How to use the BCH Management Centre for BCH Central Portal National Authorized Users management" (FRENCH) on 29 November 2018 More...
NicaraguaNicaragua - Segundo Taller Nacional CIISB III
El Segundo Taller Nacional del Centro de Intercambio de Información de Seguridad en la Biotecnología para Nicaragua se realiza el 7 - 8 de noviembre de 2018, en el Hotel Crowne Plaza Managua-Nicaragua.
El objetivo del taller es: "Analizar los mecanismos existentes para utilización efectiva del CIISB, identificando los procedimientos operativos establecidos en el país para la gestión de la bioseguridad y las necesidades y oportunidades de capacitación o entrenamiento correspondientes. Se busca establecer enlaces efectivos entre las distintas partes y sectores interesados".
Al Taller asisten más de 25 personas pertenecientes a diferentes instituciones públicas del gobierno de Nicaragua, entre ellas el Ministerio del Ambiente y los Recursos Naturales, , el Instituto de Protección y Sanidad Agropecuaria, el Instituto Nicaragüense de Tecnología Agropecuaria y Instituto Nacional Tecnológico. Además en este Segundo evento se ha incluido a la Academia y se cuenta con la participación de las siguientes Universidades: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua-Managua, Universidad Nacional Agraria y Universidad Nacional Antonio de Valdivieso.
Las actividades se llevan a cabo en un ambiente de cooperación e interés por conocer aspectos del Protocolo de Cartagena, el CIISB y las regulaciones nacionales de bioseguridad. El sector académico reconoce la importancia del Taller para conocer sobre el Protocolo de Cartagena y los procedimientos que establece.
Nicaragua sigue comprometida a consolidar los procedimientos necesarios y las relaciones interinstitucionales para manejar el tema de bioseguridad de manera responsable con el ambiente y la sociedad.
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsRUSSIAN - New webinar on "Introduction to the Cartagena Protocol" - 6 November 2018
The UNE-GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the BCH (BCH III) will offer a new webinar on "Introduction to the Cartagena Protocol" (RUSSIAN) More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsARABIC Webinar on "Cartagena Protocol: How to use the BCH Management Centre to register information" - 3 November October 2018
The UNE-GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the BCH (BCH III) will offer a new webinar on "Cartagena Protocol: How to use the BCH Management Centre to register information" (ARABIC) More...
SenegalSenegal - Atelier national préparatoire de la COP 14 de la CDB
Dans le cadre de la prochaine participation du Sénégal à la quatorzième COP de la CDB et aux MOP de ses Protocoles, l'Autorité Nationale de Biosécurité a organisé les 24 et 25 octobre 2018, un atelier préparatoire qui a vu la participation des principales parties prenantes (près de 50 participants) relevant des différents secteurs de l'administration nationale ainsi que de la société civile.

Cette rencontre dont le principal objectif était de recueillir les orientations et recommandations des acteurs nationaux sur les documents de travail de la COP 14 de la CDB, de la MOP 9 du Protocole de Cartagena et de la MOP 3 du Protocole de Nagoya, a été un important moment de concertation pour assoir une position nationale. 

Les enjeux de la participations nationales ont été ainsi largement passé en revue tout en occultant pas les modalités logistiques et pratiques d'organisation de la délégation nationale.

Le Sénégal, à travers cet atelier qui vient consolider une tradition, compte améliorer progressivement la qualité de sa participation, ceci en articulation avec la recherche d'une base consensuelle (sur des intérêts fédérateurs) par le groupe africain.
BurundiBurundi - Atelier de renforcement des capacités, d'information et de sensibilisation des parties prenantes sur les enjeux du Protocole de Cartagena et du CEPRB
L'atelier de renforcement des capacités, d'information et de sensibilisation des parties prenantes sur les enjeux du Protocole de Cartagena et du CEPRB s'est déroulé à Gitega en dates du 18-19 octobre 2018 sous la facilitation du PFN BCH. Participaient à cet atelier des cadres issus des secteurs clés en matière de biosécurité. More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsARABIC Webinar on "How to use the BCH Management Centre for BCH Central Portal National Authorized Users management" - 27 October 2018
The UNE-GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the BCH (BCH III) will offer a new webinar on "How to use the BCH Management Centre for BCH Central Portal National Authorized Users management" (ARABIC) More...
SenegalSenegal - Atelier de formation sur le BCH à l'intention du Service national de l'hygiène
L’Autorité Nationale de Biosécurité (ANB) du Sénégal a organisé  les 18 et 19 octobre 2018, à Saly (ouest du Sénégal) un atelier de formation sur le BCH, destiné au Service National de l’Hygiène.
Cet atelier de consolidation vient renforcer une première rencontre de sensibilisation sur les biotechnologies et le cadre réglementaire de leur utilisation, destiné au Service de l’Hygiène et qui avait eu lieu au mois de juillet 2018.
Le principal objectif visé par l’atelier était de fournir aux participants une bonne compréhension du BCH, en tant que cadre majeur d’échange d’informations relatives aux OGM, aux biotechnologies modernes et à la biosécurité.
Plus spécifiquement, il s’est agi de passer en revue :
- la recherche sur le BCH de l’information sur les OGM, les biotechnologies modernes et le cadre de biosécurité qui les réglemente ;
- le format des enregistrements nationaux au BCH, de même que les bonnes pratiques pour l'enregistrement et la publication des informations ayant trait aux OGM et à la biosécurité ;
- l’amélioration de l’expertise nationale sur le BCH à travers la mise en place d’un réseau d’utilisateurs nationaux autorisés, les échanges sur la réalisation d’un portail national BCH et d’un système de gestion des informations techniques, scientifiques, environnementales et juridiques sur les biotechnologies modernes et la biosécurité.
L’atelier a vu la participation d’une trentaine d’agents du Service national de l’Hygiène provenant des différentes brigades régionales.
SenegalSenegal - Atelier de formation et de sensibilisation de la Brigade Nationale des Sapeurs Pompiers
L’Autorité Nationale de Biosécurité du Sénégal a organisé les 07 et 08 octobre 2018 (à Saly, ouest du Sénégal), à l’intention de la Brigade Nationale des Sapeurs Pompiers, un atelier de partage sur les biotechnologies modernes et sur le cadre international et national qui réglemente leur utilisation sécurisée. Cet atelier entre dans le cadre des séries de rencontres de sensibilisation destinées aux forces de défense et de sécurité pour une meilleure prise en charge de la conformité de la circulation des OGM par rapport à la réglementation nationale.
La rencontre a vu la participation 50 sapeurs pompiers provenant des différentes compagnies du pays. Ce choix répond à un souci de dissémination de l’information.
Le présent atelier se veut d’abord, un espace d’information et de sensibilisation sur les principales thématiques choisies, un moment de formation et de partage en matière de prévention sur les risques biotechnologiques.
Il s’agira plus spécifiquement :
 d’informer et de sensibiliser les participants sur les biotechnologies modernes, pour un meilleur exercice de leur rôle de surveillance, de prise en charge et de gestion des risques liés aux OGM ;
 de leur offrir l’opportunité d’une mise à niveau sur le cadre légal et réglementaire  et sur les défis actuels en matière de biosécurité ;
 de formuler des propositions d’amélioration du cadre légal et réglementaire par rapport à leur mission. 
Avec la cible des sapeurs pompiers, un accent particulier a été mis sur les réponses dans le cas des situations d'urgence, dans le cadre des plans de gestion des risques biotechnologiques, ceci en articulation avec le Plan national d'Action NRBC (Gestion des Risques Radiologiques, Nucléaires, Chimiques et Biologiques).
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsCartagena Protocol webinar on "How to use the BCH Management Centre to register information" (ENGLISH) - 24 October 2018
The UNE-GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the BCH (BCH III) will offer a new webinar on "How to use the BCH Management Centre to register information" (ENGLISH) More...
UruguayUruguay - Segundo Taller Nacional para la Creación de Capacidad para la Participación Efectiva en el CIISB (Proyecto BCH3)
Durante los días 16 y 17 de octubre de 2018 se desarrolló en Montevideo  el "Segundo Taller Nacional  para la Creación Sustentable de Capacidad para una Efectiva Participación en el CIISB"; en el marco del "Proyecto para la Creación Sustentable de Capacidad para una Efectiva Participación en el Centro de Intercambio de Información sobre Seguridad en la Biotecnología CIISB 3" de ONU Ambiente/Fondo Mundial para el Medio Ambiente, el cual es ejecutado por el Ministerio de Vivienda, Ordenamiento Territorial y Medio Ambiente a través de la Dirección Nacional de Medio Ambiente. More...
BurundiBurundi - Atelier national sur le renforcement des capacités pour la participation effective dans le CEPRB
Le Burundi, tout comme les autres pays Parties éligibles, a bénéficié d'un appui financier pour la mise en œuvre du projet BCH III. Il a déjà organisé le premier atelier en dates du 4-5 septembre 2018 à Bujumbura sous la facilitation du Conseiller Régional Mohamed Elyses. Un deuxième atelier était programmé en dates du 16-17 octobre 2018 mais a été reporté pou mi-novembre. More...
MongoliaMongolia - First BCH III Mongolia National workshop, 12-14 October, Ulaanbaatar
Mongolia-
The National Biosafety Committee and Mongolian Biotechnology Association in collaboration with the UN Environment organized the First National BCH capacity building workshop in the context of the UN Environment  – GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III) from 12-14 October 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 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 governmental ministries, agencies, customs laboratory, National University of Mongolia, Mongolian University of Science and Technology, General and Experimental Biology Institute of Mongolian Academy of Science, media offices, importers  and NGOs. The opening remarks and closing remarks were given by representatives from the Ministry of  Environment and Tourism, National Biosafety Committee. The workshop was facilitated by BCH NFP, Mongolian Biotechnology Association and Edmund Revilla, Regional Advisor of the BCH3 project, UN Environment.

More information ABF can be accessed at: http://asiabchfamily.org/

Sandagdorj BAYARKHUU,
General Secretary of National Biosafety Committee,
and NFP CPB and BCH Mongolia
http://www.biosafety.mn
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsBCH-III Webinar on "Applying the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in the Industry using the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) (importer-exporter)" (ARABIC) - 20 October 2018
BCH-III Webinar on "Applying the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in the Industry using the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) (importer-exporter)" (ARABIC) - 20 October 2018 More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsNew webinar on "How to use the BCH Management Centre for BCH Central Portal National Authorized Users management" (ENGLISH) - 17 October
The UNE-GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the BCH (BCH III) will offer a new webinar  on "How to use the BCH Management Centre for BCH Central Portal National Authorized Users management" (ENGLISH) More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsNew webinar on "How to apply to the Cartagena Protocol Roster of Experts" (SPANISH) - 16 October 2018
The UNE-GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the BCH (BCH III) will offer a new webinar on "How to apply to the Cartagena Protocol Roster of Experts" (SPANISH) More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsWebinar on "Introduction to the Cartagena Protocol" (SPANISH) - 9 October 2018
The UNEP-GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the BCH (BCH III) will offer a new webinar on "Introduction to the Cartagena Protocol" (SPANISH)

Date: 9th October 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (GMT – UTC0)

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7965460759525745153
More...
TajikistanTajikistan - The 25th National Project Coordinators Meeting on Biosafety in Asia
The meeting is focused on harmonization of Biosafety Frameworks, integration of Thematic Biosafety Issues in Biosafety Decision Making, and Project Management under UN Environment/GEF Biosafety Projects. More...
BelarusBelarus - The First National BCH capacity building workshop in the context of the UN Environment – GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III)
The Institute of Genetics and Cytology of the National Academy of Science of Belarus in collaboration with the UN Environment organized the First National BCH capacity building workshop in the context of the UN Environment  – GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III) from 17-19 September 2018 In Minsk, Belarus. 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 governmental ministries, agencies, customs laboratory, agroprocessors, media offices and NGOs. The opening remarks were given by representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, the Institute if Genetics and Cytology and UN Environment. The workshop was facilitated by Galina Mozgova, BCH NFP from the Institute of Genetics and Cytology and Vida Marolt, Regional Advisor of the BCH3 project, UN Environment.
South AfricaSouth Africa - First National BCH workshop
The South African government as a party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, recognizes the need for the implementation of Decisions of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP), in particular: Decision BS-V/5 (d) which called upon Global Environment Facility (GEF) to "Expand its support for capacity-building for effective participation in the BCH to all eligible Parties to the Protocol"; and Decision BS VI/5.2(f) which invites the  (GEF) to “provide further support to all eligible Parties for capacity-building in the use of the Biosafety Clearing-House, based on experiences or lessons learned during the Project on Continued Enhancement of Building Capacity for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House".


In that respect, through the UN Environment – Global Environment Facility's generous financial support ,  South Africa organized the first National Biosafety Clearing House training workshop in Pretoria on the 13-14th September 2018.  The objectives of this training workshop were to define procedures and mechanisms for information flow onto the BCH; define roles of the Competent National Authority and National Focal Points, as well as enhance the national capacity to use the BCH Central Portal to find and register information. The training was facilitated by Dr Ossama AbdelKawy, Anglophone Africa Regional Specialist, BCH3 project UN Environment.

This training will contribute towards achieving strategic objective 5 enunciated in the strategic plan for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 2011 – 2020, which aims at enhancing the availability and exchange of relevant information through the Biosafety Clearing-House.
GrenadaGrenada - Grenada BCH workshop 13th -14th September 2018
Thee Ministry of Agriculture hosted the BCH 111 workshop for stake holders which was held in St George's Grenada.  Mr Fred Phillips facilitated the meeting which was well received by the participants.  Grenada has made a notable step in fulfilling it's obligation under BCH.
Biosafety Clearing-House News15th Anniversary of the Entry Into Force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 11 September 2018
11 September 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

To commemorate the 15th anniversary, the Secretariat prepared a series of short video clips by representatives of Parties to Biosafety Protocol, biosafety experts and other stakeholders highlighting key elements of the Biosafety Protocol. The videos are intended to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Biosafety Protocol and can be used for national and regional outreach activities. Other resources prepared by the Secretariat, by Parties and other biosafety experts have also been made available, including:

-An anniversary poster (English, French and Spanish)
-A factsheet, a banner and a poster on the Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress
-A webinar and media articles

In addition, a number of info graphics have been made available prepared by participants to the online discussion on public awareness regarding LMOs, held from 15 March 2018 to 5 April 2018.

The 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is available at http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/15thAnniversary.shtml.
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsA webinar for the 15th Anniversary of the Entry into Force of Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 11 September 2018
The SCBD held a webinar for the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 11 September 2018 from 8 – 10 a.m. EDT/NY. The webinar aimed to increase the visibility of the Protocol at an international level among stakeholders that are not familiar with the elements of it. Experts from several countries - Cambodia, Slovenia, South Africa, Tunisia and Venezuela - will make presentations.

More information is at:
https://mailchi.mp/nbsapforum/cartagenaprotocol_en

The presentations of the webinar are available at http://nbsapforum.net/forums/biosafety
PhilippinesPhilippines - Philippines turn over responsibilities to Mongolia to coordinate Asia BCH Roadmap implementation 2018-2019
The years 2016 to 2017 has been exceptional years for the Asia BCH Family as it started and continued its pursuit to strengthen its capability and undertook initiatives to pursue its goal to become "One Family" and become self sustaining. The Asia BCH roadmap, developed and approved by some Asian countries during the BCH Workshop held in Nanjing China in  2015  indeed served as catalysts in bringing together, weaving inter-personal relationships thus making it easier for the Asian countries to give their utmost cooperation in pursuit of the ABF's objectives.  It aims to build capacity towards effective implementation of the BCH through the National Focal Points and forge cooperation among Asian countries to effectively implement the Protocol.  The Philippines is grateful and thankful for the cooperation and painstaking efforts of each and every one in fulfill their respective obligations as embodied in the Asia BCH Roadmap.

Mongolia, as decided in November 2017, during the 5th BCH Workshop in  Daejon, South Korea, shall be the next to coordinate with the the Asia BCH Family the implementation of the Asia BCH Roadmap this year until 2019. It took over the coordinatorship from the Philippines (2016-2017) during the turn-over held in Ulanbataar in July 2018. Ms. Sandagdorj Bayarkhuu is the lead person for 2018-2019.

The activities of the ABF is being spearheaded by the Korea Biosafety Clearing House under the leadership of Dr. Ho Min Jang with the assistance of Cambodia, Malaysia, China, Philippines , Ms Ileana Lopez and the two BCH Regional Advisor.

Looking forward to an energized and strengthened ABF and continued cooperation/collaboration by 2020 and beyond.
BotswanaBotswana - First National Biosafety Clearing House Training Workshop: BCHIII project
The Department of Agricultural Research in collaboration with the UN Environment will be hosting the first BCHIII capacity building workshop. This training workshop is in the context of the UN Environment – Global Environment Facility initiatives for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III). More...
MaldivesMaldives - First Maldives National BCH Workshop
The first national workshop on the Biosafety Clearing House under the UNEP-GEF project for sustainable capacity building for effective participation in the BCH (BCH III) was held from 6-7 August 2018 at Asaree Maalam, Male’, Maldives. The purpose of this 2 day workshop was training and awareness for key stakeholders. A total of 22 participants from 10 organizations completed the training where the participants were pre-registered to a Virtual Learning Environment. The participants contributed to the workshop objectives through brainstorming sessions, trainings through interactive modules, presentations and discussions.
GhanaGhana - 2018 BCH Workshop
The first 2018 BCH training workshop was organized by the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) in the Prof. E.C. Quaye conference hall at the NBA Secretariat on Thursday, 23rd August, 2018. The opening remarks was delivered by the CEO of the NBA, Mr. Eric A. Okoree. The objective of the workshop was to enlighten participants on the usage of the BCH website and to equip them with skills needed to effectively contribute information on their respective institutions unto the BCH website. Participants were initially introduced to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety with emphasis on articles on the respective national obligations.  Part of the time was also devoted to finding information. The exercise also included practical work in which the participants tried their hands on issues in the BCH.