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Regional Online Real-time Conferences

The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, in decision BS-VI/13, paragraph (3) requests the Executive Secretary to convene online discussion groups and regional online real-time conferences to facilitate and synthesize the exchange of views, information and experiences on socio-economic considerations among Parties, other Governments, relevant organizations and indigenous and local communities in the context of paragraph 1 of Article 26;

Four regional real-time conferences were held as follows:
  • 13 June 2013,13h00-17h00: Western Europe and Others Group and Central and Eastern Europe
  • 17 June 2013, 3h00-7h00: Asia and the Pacific
  • 20 June 2013, 10h00-14h00: Africa
  • 27 June 2013, 14h00-18h00: Latin America and the Caribbean (in Spanish)

Due to insufficient pre-registrations, the French-language real-time conference for Africa could not take place. Those who would have participated in this conference were invited to join the English-language conference for Africa.

Participants were registered for the real-time conference for the region in which they are based.

Participants only took part in one real-time conference. This was intended to provide everyone with equal chance and adequate time to express ones views in light of the high interest in this topic and the high level of participation seen previously.

You may access the transcripts of the conferences through the links to each region provided on the left column of this page.

Conference documents

The official documents for the Real-time Conferences are the same for all of the conferences. They are available as follows:
  • Provisional Agenda: en es
  • Annotations to the Provisional Agenda: en es
  • Socio-Economic Considerations: Summary of Online discussions March-April 2013: en

The documents are also available via the web page for each of the real-time conferences, which can be accessed through the CBD's calendar of meetings.