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GuatemalaGuatemala - TALLER DIVERSIDAD GENÉTICA DE MAÍZ EN GUATEMALA: Estado de su conocimiento y su actualización
El pasado 10 y 11 de febrero se llevó a cabo este taller en la ciudad de Guatemala, dirigido a investigadores, académicos y empleados de las diferentes autoridades nacionales competentes en el tema de bioseguridad, con la finalidad de conocer el estado actual de la diversidad genética del maíz en Guatemala. More...
MalaysiaMalaysia - Seminar and Workshop on Food and Feed Safety of Genetically Engineered Crops Containing Stacked Traits, Kuala Lumpur, 5 February 2015
The Department of Biosafety Malaysia together with the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Southeast Asia had organized a seminar and workshop on Food and Feed Safety of Genetically Engineered Crops Containing Stacked Traits on 5th February 2015 in Kuala Lumpur.

This event was timely as it provided an avenue to review the issues related to stacked events taking into consideration recent breeding developments and challenges faced to conduct a more robust but effective risk assessment of these stacked events. For this purpose, two experts from Australia were brought in to share their views and experience in conducting safety assessments of stacked events. The two resource persons were Dr. Andrew Bartholomaeus and Dr. Philip Larkin. To complement the discussion with our local perspective, there were also two Malaysian experts in the panel for the question and answer session. Prof. Helen Nair, who is an expert appointed to the National Biosafety Board and Dr. Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir, who is the Chairperson of the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC) joined the distinguished panel for the benefit of a holistic discussion to provide useful insight to better understand these issues related to risk assessment of stacked genes.

It was a great turn out of about 50 participants comprising of the National Biosafety Board members, GMAC members, researchers from both public and private research institutes and universities, policy makers and some researchers from private companies who were involved in modern biotechnology.
MexicoMexico - Segundo Curso Regional para el Fortalecimiento de Capacidades en Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados
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, convoca a 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.

Le informamos que el registro se encontrará abierto del 30 de enero al 27 de febrero. El número de participantes está limitado a 20 funcionarios.
UruguayUruguay - Curso sobre Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (GENOK-Centro para la Bioseguridad de la Biotecnología)
El Curso sobre Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (OGMs), a cargo del Centro GENOK (Tromso, Noruega), se desarrolló en Montevideo del 1 al 5 de setiembre de 2014, con el objetivo de construir capacidades en el campo de la bioseguridad de la biotecnología. El Curso estuvo dirigido a funcionarios que forman parte de diferentes instituciones que constituyen la estructura de bioseguridad actual de Uruguay (de vegetales genéticamente modificados), así como a representantes de organizaciones de la sociedad civil vinculadas a la temática. El contenido temático se focalizó en aspectos de implementación del Protocolo de Cartagena, posibles implicancias de los OGMs sobre salud y ambiente, evaluación de riesgo, aspectos socioeconómicos,  estatus global OGMs, regulaciones internacionales en bioseguridad, posibles impactos sobre organismos no blanco, investigación nacional en OGMs, entre otros. Además de las exposiciones de científicos de GENOK y de Uruguay especializados en la temática del Curso, se complementó con instancias de trabajo práctico de laboratorio (UdelaR). More...
MalaysiaMalaysia - Workshop on Socioeconomic Considerations in the Use of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 25 November 2014
Socioeconomic considerations are important components for careful decision-making to ensure that society enjoys the benefits of modern biotechnology while minimizing or avoiding its potential costs. However, in many parts of the world, on the ground information and analysis of the social and economic impacts of modern biotechnology are lagging behind. There is little experience in dealing with these issues in actual decision-making processes.

As to create awareness among the policy makers and relevant stakeholders on these issues, the Department of Biosafety Malaysia for the first time organized a national workshop on socioeconomic considerations in the use of living modified organisms (LMOs) on 25th November 2014 in Kuala Lumpur.

The followings were the objectives of the workshop:
a) to highlight on the current provision in the national law in regard to socio-economic considerations;
b) to give some insights on socio-economic considerations in LMO decision making from the context of international agreements;
c) to share on the potential socio-economic, cultural and ethical impacts of LMOs and the practical aspects of assessing socio-economic impacts of LMOs; and
d) to identify possible elements to be included in developing framework for future guidelines on socio-economic considerations in LMOs decision making.

For this workshop, three (3) experts i.e. Prof. Gurdial Singh Nijar (CEBLAW, University of Malaya), Ms. Lim Li Ching (TWN) and Dr. Leonardo A. Gonzales (SIKAP/STRIVE Inc.) were invited to make presentations and share their experiences on selected topics.  Participants were also able to discuss on the elements of framework for conceptual clarity on socio-economic considerations during the afternoon session of the workshop.
PhilippinesPhilippines - PH participation in the Webinar on International Databases on Biosafety
Following the decision of the Conference of Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to continue collaboration with other biosafety databases and platforms, including
those of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a Webinar on International Databases on Biosafety was held on November
12, 2014 with more than 150 registered participants from 76 countries.

The webinar was held to familiarize the participants with the key features of the three databases - Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH), FAO GM Foods Platform, and OECD Biotrack Product Database-
and generate comments and inputs on the best possible ways to maximize synergies among  the three databases.

During the course of the discussion which lasted for two hours, participants observed that there are
gaps and redundancy of information between and among three databases. It was mentioned that the three websites contain  similar information but different scope and information required that
will most likely affect the completeness and quality of information delivered. On this
matter, the Philippines suggested to come up with a mechanism that will identify and address gaps to minimize if not completely avoid redundancy. The EU’s made a suggestion along this line and suggested to define a common format and to exchange or synchronize information between databases.
The webinar also tackled the existing internal communication among agencies involved in biosafety, to which participants stated the existence of their respective national biosafety committees, and
on-going collaboration between and among national agencies such as those on Agriculture, Health and Environment.

In addition, the webinar provided a venue to discuss practical challenges in the use of the three databases, including the presentation of data, to which the Philippines specifically suggested
the use of unique identifiers instead of record ID numbers in the record of RA and decisions in the BCH to start the harmonization process of the three databases.

The webinar was concluded with commendation to the FAO, SCBD-BCH, and OECD for organizing such webinar. The participants were one in saying that Webinars of this kind have proven to be very effective in support of increasing awareness and building capacity in the area of biotechnology and biosafety and that a repeat of the webinars on other subjects are greatly recommended.

The Webinar was participated in by Ms. Thelma L. Soriano, National Focal Point for FAO GM Foods Platform, and Ms. Julieta Fe L. Estacio, BCH National Focal point and the NCBP Secretariat staff.
GuatemalaGuatemala - Presentación de los ejemplares de Cultivos Nativos de Guatemala y Bioseguridad del Uso de Organismos Vivos Modificados
Se realizó la presentación oficial de los ejemplares de Cultivos Nativos de Guatemala y Bioseguridad del Uso de Organismos Vivos Modificados a cargo del Doctor César Azurdia, Coordinador del Proyecto “Desarrollo de Mecanismos para Fortalecer la Implementación del Protocolo de Cartagena en Guatemala”.

El Doctor Azurdia abordó la importancia de los cultivos nativos de Guatemala utilizando como ejemplo el cultivo de maíz; y también comentó que el presente trabajo contó con la colaboración de varios profesionales en la materia.

A la actividad asistieron representantes de instituciones gubernamentales y privadas que han acompañado y participado en los procesos del proyecto, entre estos se puede mencionar al Ministerio de Agricultura, Ministerio de Economía, instituciones académicas, así cómo también personal de las diferentes unidades técnicas y jurídico del Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas.

Los módulos están disponibles en:   http://goo.gl/kfrOla
GuatemalaGuatemala - Programa de Investigación en Bioseguridad y Organismos Vivos Modificados
Se llevó a cabo el lanzamiento del Programa de Investigación en  Bioseguridad y Organismos Vivos Modificados con el apoyo del Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONCYT). More...
Iran (Islamic Republic of)Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Iran National focal point held two advisory committee sessions to discuss about the outcomes of COP-MOP7
Fifth and sixth session of National focal point advisory committee were held in 1 and 8 November to discuss about the issues and adopted decisions in COP-MOP7, and required actions for their implementation at national level. Representatives of Islamic consultative assembly, related ministries and organizations and scientific societies were attended at these meetings.
MexicoMexico - Seminarios en Biotecnología y Bioseguridad de OGMs- Noviembre - Transmisión en línea
Por considerar de su interés y con el objeto que pueda programar su valiosa participación a nuestros próximos Seminarios, cordialmente deseamos invitarlo(a)s a la transmisión en línea de lss siguientes Seminarios:

14 de noviembre
Tema: Agro-infiltración
(expresión transitoria por transformación de Agrobacterium)
presentado por :
Dra. Rocío I. Díaz de la Garza
Profesora Investigadora Asociada/Associate Professor
Escuela Nacional de Posgrado en Ciencias, Ingeniería y Tecnologías
Tecnológico de Monterrey-Campus Monterrey
10 a 12 horas (hora Ciudad de México)
Liga al micrositio: http://www.conacyt.gob.mx/cibiogem/index.php/seminarios-en-biotecnologia-y-bioseguridad-de-ogms/agroinfiltracion

18 de noviembre
Tema: Transgénicos: éxitos por encima del mito
Presentado por el Dr. José Miguel Mulet
Universitat Politècnica de València
10 a 12 horas (hora Ciudad de México)
Liga al micrositio: http://www.conacyt.gob.mx/cibiogem/index.php/seminarios-en-biotecnologia-y-bioseguridad-de-ogms/transgenicos-exitos-encima-mito

28 de noviembre
Tema: Mejoramiento Genético Inverso
presentado por :
Dr. Yuri Peña
10 a 12 horas (hora Ciudad de México)

estos seminarios hacen parte de las actividades coordinadas por la Secretaría Ejecutiva de la CIBIOGEM relacionadas al fortalecimiento de las capacidades nacionales y a la divulgación de biotecnología y bioseguridad de organismos genéticamente modificados.
La transmisión en línea de los Seminarios se realiza con el soporte técnico del IICA- Costa Rica.

Sí estás interesado(a),  por favor envía un mensaje al info_cibiogem@conacyt.mx  y te enviaremos los datos de acceso.

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