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Key issues under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

This page provides links to information on the key issues that are being addressed by the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP).

  • Assessment and review
    Assessment and review of the effectiveness of the Protocol, including its procedures and annexes in the context of Article 35 of the Protocol;
  • Capacity Building
    Overview of the mechanisms, Action Plan and initiatives put in place to assist Parties to build their capacities to implement the Protocol;
  • Compliance
    An outline of the procedures and mechanisms to promote compliance with the provisions of the Protocol and to address cases of non-compliance;
  • Detection and Identification
    Information on detection and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs);
  • Financial Mechanism
    Information on the guidance provided to and the initiatives taken by the financial mechanism, the Global Environment Facility, with respect to financial support for the Protocol;
  • Handling, Transport, Packaging and Identification
    Information on the requirements for handling, transport, packaging and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs);
  • Information sharing
    Information on the Biosafety Clearing-House, the information-sharing tool established by the Cartagena Protocol.

  • Liability and Redress
    An overview of the evolution of the process towards the elaboration of international rules and procedures on liability and redress in the context of Article 27 of the Biosafety Protocol that led to the adoption of the Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress;
  • Monitoring and Reporting
    Information regarding monitoring and reporting under under the Protocol;
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management
    Information regarding the risk assessment and risk management requirements under the Protocol;
  • Public Awareness and Participation
    Information regarding public awareness and participation under the Protocol;
  • Socio-economic Considerations
    Information regarding socio-economic considerations under the Protocol;
  • Roster of Experts
    Information and a link to the roster of experts on biosafety as well as details on its use and function; guidelines for its operation and for the voluntary fund for the use of experts from the roster;
  • Strategic Plan of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (2011 to 2020)
    The Strategic Plan comprises a vision, a mission statement and five strategic objectives. For each strategic objective a number of operational objectives, expected outcomes and indicators are outlined.