This online forum on socio-economic considerations was established pursuant to decision CP-9/14
In this decision, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties took note of the voluntary “Guidance on the Assessment of Socio-Economic Considerations in the context of Article 26 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety” (as contained in CBD/CP/MOP/9/10, Annex
The meeting of the Parties invited Parties and observers to use and submit preliminary experiences using the voluntary Guidance, as well as examples of methodologies and applications of socio-economic considerations in the light of the elements of the voluntary Guidance, preferably in the form of case studies.
The meeting of the Parties requested the Executive Secretary to compile the information submitted and to organize moderated online discussions on the online forum “to comment on and add views to review the compilation of submissions
” (decision CP-9/14).
Sixteen submissions were received in response to Notification 2019-031
(14 from Parties, one from another Government and one from an organization). The submissions can be consulted here
Time and date of the discussions
The discussions on the online forum on socio-economic considerations will be held from 9 September 2019, at 0:00 a.m. GMT to 20 September 2019 at 23:59 p.m. GMT.
The discussions will be moderated by two rapporteurs, who have been selected in consultation with the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol. The rapporteurs are: Mr. Ben Durham (South Africa)
and Mr. Casper Linnestad (Norway)
A report on the online discussions will be prepared by the rapporteurs.
The outcomes of the discussions will be made available for review by the meeting of the Ad-Hoc Technical Expert Group on Socio-Economic Considerations (AHTEG), to be held from 10 to 13 December 2019 in Vienna, Austria. Together with the submissions made, the AHTEG will review the outcomes of the discussions and use this information to supplement the voluntary Guidance by indicating for which stage in the assessment process, as outlined in the voluntary Guidance, the information might be relevant.
The outcomes of the process will be considered by the meeting of the Parties, at its tenth meeting.