Welcome to the Online Discussion on Access to Information
In decision BS-IV/17
, the fourth meeting of the Parties serving (COP-MOP 4) emphasized the need for a cohesive and focused approach to public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling, and use of living modified organisms (LMOs). Consequently, at its fifth meeting, the COP-MOP in decision BS-V/13
adopted a comprehensive programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of LMOs. The programme includes four elements on: capacity-building, public awareness and education, public access to information and public participation. In paragraph 2 of the above decision, the COP-MOP invited governments and relevant organizations to use the programme of work to implement Article 23 of the Protocol and share their experiences and lessons learned through the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH). In the same decision, COP-MOP also invited the Secretariat to establish an online forum and other appropriate means to facilitate exchange of information and experiences on the implementation of the programme of work.
Accordingly, the Secretariat has established an Online Forum on Public Awareness, Education and Participation Concerning the Safe Transfer, Handling and Use of LMOs. The forum includes a series of discussion groups. The first discussions are on access to information.
The first discussion group was held for one week from 4 June - 10 June
. It focused on "The meaning, scope and importance of public access to biosafety information"
. For more information, please visit the first discussion group website
The second discussion group was held for one week from 11 June - 18 June
. It focused on "Facilitating public access to biosafety information"
. For more information, please visit the second discussion group website
Participation in the discussion is open to all Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations.
Online Discussion Schedule
4 June - 10 June 2012
Discussion Group 1:
The meaning, scope and importance of public access to biosafety information
Theme 1: Meaning and scope of public access to information
Theme 2: Public right to information
Theme 3: The rationale/importance of public access to biosafety information
11 June - 18 June 2012
Discussion Group 2:
Facilitating public access to biosafety information
Theme 1: Procedures for facilitating public access to biosafety information
Theme 2: Format and language
Theme 3: Timelines for providing information upon request
Theme 4: Charging for providing information upon request
Theme 5: Denial of information upon request
Theme 6: Confidentiality
Theme 7: Appeals
Theme 8: Means of active dissemination
Theme 9: Biosafety records management systems