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Online Forum

List of discussion themes and questions

Round 1
21 March-3 April
2011
Theme 1: Socio-economic considerations in the context of Article 26 of the Biosafety Protocol
  • What are the socio-economic considerations that Parties may take into account in the context of Article 26 of the Biosafety Protocol?
  • Theme 2: Socio-economic considerations and other international obligations
  • What other international obligations may Parties need to follow when taking socio-economic considerations into account in their decision-making on living modified organisms?

  • Round 2
    4-17 April 2011
    Theme 3: Experiences and lessons learned from taking socio-economic considerations into account in decision-making on LMOs
  • What methods have been used to assess the possible socio-economic impacts of living modified organisms?
  • What experience has been gained to date with methods for assessing socio-economic impacts?
  • How have socio-economic assessments been integrated into the decision-making process and what lessons have been learned?

  • Round 3
    18 April-1 May 2011
    Theme 4: Capacity-building for assessing possible socio-economic impacts and evaluating assessments
  • What are the main capacity-building needs of countries regarding the assessment of socio-economic considerations?
  • What are the main capacity-building needs regarding the evaluation of assessments and their integration into a decision on the import of an LMO?
  • How might these needs be addressed, taking into account the overall capacity-building framework for biosafety?
  • Theme 5: Target groups for capacity-building on socio-economic considerations
  • Which should be the main target groups for capacity-building on socio-economic considerations (e.g. policy-makers, decision-makers, regulators, technical personnel such as risk or impact assessors, other professionals, interest groups, etc.)?
  • Theme 6: Capacity-building initiatives related to socio-economic considerations
  • What capacity-building initiatives relating to socio-economic considerations in the context of the Biosafety Protocol, living modified organisms or beyond have been undertaken or are currently being implemented?

  • Round 4
    2-8 May 2011
    Theme 7: Open forum for other issues and questions
  • What other relevant issues should be discussed in the online regional conferences and the workshop that are to be held in accordance with decision BS-V/3?
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