Following the adoption of the Protocol in January 2000, a number of countries embarked on developing legal, administrative and other measures to facilitate its ratification and implementation. The sharing of information and experience gained by Parties in this process is vital to the effective implementation of the Biosafety Protocol. In this regard, a fair on national experiences with the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety will be held at the margins of COP-MOP 5. The Fair will be organized jointly by the CBD Secretariat and the Government of Japan as the host. It will showcase national experiences, good practices and lessons learned with regard to different issues, including:
a. The development and implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks (NBFs);
b. The design and implementation of biosafety capacity-building activities;
c. The use of the Biosafety Clearing-House and its national nodes;
c. Public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms; and
e. Contribution of the Protocol to the achievement of the 2010 biodiversity target.
Governments and organizations will have the opportunity to present their activities and outputs in a variety of formats. The following are suggested:
- Presentation of posters
- Display of printed materials and CD-ROMs; and/or
- PowerPoint and audio-visual presentations.
During the fair, the participating governments and organizations will be expected to have a resource person on hand at the fair during the entire period of their exhibition.
Parties, other Governments, and organizations are invited to register with the Secretariat their interest to showcase their projects, activities and materials at their earliest convenience, but no later than 15 July 2010. Proposals for the exhibitions and presentations must include: name and contact details of the lead presenter, the main themes to be covered, a brief description of the exhibition/presentation, and the logistical requirements. Kindly submit your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
and please include in the subject line Fair/COP-MOP 5.