The Action Plan
The Action Plan for Building Capacities for the Effective Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety provides a general framework highlighting global priority areas/ elements requiring urgent action and outlines a series of key steps and activities to be undertaken. It is intended to foster a strategic approach to capacity-building and to guide capacity-building efforts. It also serves as a reference point for Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations providing capacity-building assistance in this area (including the GEF and its implementing agencies, donor countries and other agencies).
The stated objective of the Action Plan is to facilitate and support the development and strengthening of capacities for the ratification and effective implementation of the Protocol at the national, sub regional, regional and global levels, in a timely manner, including the provision of financial, technical and technological support to developing countries, as well as countries with economies in transition.
The Action Plan was adopted at the first meeting of the governing body of the Protocol (COP-MOP 1) in Decision BS-I/5 - Annex I
and was revised by the Parties at their third meeting (COP-MOP 3) in Decision BS-III/3, Annex
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The Capacity-Building Coordination Mechanism
At its first meeting, in decision BS-I/5
, the COP-MOP established a Coordination Mechanism to promote partnerships, complementarities and synergies between various capacity-building initiatives. The Coordination mechanism allows Parties, other governments, relevant organizations and donors involved in implementing and/or funding biosafety capacity building initiatives to share information and experiences on their ongoing initiatives; exchange resource materials and information about existing capacity-building opportunities; identify key biosafety capacity building issues and priority needs and ways to address them; and identify overlaps and potential areas for collaboration. It also facilitates interaction, dialogue, and networking among them.
The Coordination Mechanism comprises the following components:
At its first meeting, the COP-MOP invited Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations to actively participate in and support the implementation of the Coordination Mechanism. It also requested the Secretariat to undertake specific activities to operationalize the Coordination Mechanism and to prepare a progress report for consideration by the COP-MOP at its second meeting.
In its decision BS-II/3
, COP-MOP welcomed the progress report on the implementation of the Coordination Mechanism which was prepared by the Executive Secretary (UNEP/CBD/BS/COP-MOP/2/4
, section II) as well as the report of the coordination meeting for academic and other institutions offering biosafety-related training and education programmes (UNEP/CBD/COP-MOP/2/INF/9
) and the report of the first coordination meeting for Governments and organizations implementing or funding biosafety capacity-building activities (UNEP/CBD/COP MOP/2/INF/10
). The Executive Secretary was requested to further develop the Coordination Mechanism, including needs assessment and coordination, taking into account the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity-Building adopted by the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme in February 2005 with a view to creating synergies and avoiding unnecessary duplication of work.
In its decision BS-III/3
, COP-MOP welcomed the report of the second coordination meeting for Governments and organizations implementing or funding biosafety capacity-building activities (UNEP/CBD/COP-MOP/3/INF/5
). It also urged Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations to regularly update, as appropriate, information on their capacity-building submitted to the Biosafety Clearing-House and to improve the level of detail and quality of the information.
In its decision BS-IV/3
, COP-MOP considered the progress made in the implementation of the Coordination Mechanism and the measures undertaken to further improve its implementation. It also welcomed the reports of the third and fourth coordination meetings for Governments and organizations implementing or funding biosafety capacity-building activities. The Executive Secretary was requested to continue encouraging relevant organizations and donors to support and participate actively in the Coordination Mechanism and to undertake measures to further improve the Coordination Mechanism and provide a report to the sixth meeting of the Parties.
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