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MOP 2 Decision BS-II/4

Capacity-building (roster of experts)

The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety,

Recalling its decision BS-I/4 on the roster of experts on biosafety,

Reiterating the importance of the roster of experts in assisting developing country Parties, in particular the least developed and small island developing States among them, as well as Parties with economies in transition, to conduct risk assessment, make informed decisions, develop national human resources and promote institutional strengthening, associated with the transboundary movements of living modified organisms,

Reaffirming the need to ensure the regional and gender balance on the roster of experts,

Noting with concern the limited use to date of the roster of experts and of the Voluntary Fund for the Roster of Experts,

1. Reiterates its call to Parties and Governments to:

(a) Submit nominations of experts to the Secretariat in accordance with the Interim Guidelines for the roster of experts on Biosafety, using the nomination form available through the Biosafety Clearing-House or from the Secretariat;

(b) Update, or request their nominated experts to update, the information currently contained in the roster, for each field of the nomination form, with a view to providing sufficient detail to discern the particular areas of knowledge and specialization for each expert; and

(c) Use the roster of biosafety experts in accordance with the Interim Guidelines for the Roster of Experts on Biosafety;

2. Reminds Parties and Governments to submit to the Executive Secretary reports on the assistance or advice provided by the experts in accordance with section J of the Interim Guidelines, with a view to contributing to the review of the roster that will be undertaken two years after the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol;

3. Reiterates its invitation to Governments and other donors to make contributions to the pilot phase of the Voluntary Fund for the Roster of Experts;

4. Requests the Executive Secretary to promote awareness about the roster of experts and publicize the available funding from the pilot phase of the Voluntary Fund for the Roster of Experts;

5. Requests also the Executive Secretary to include in the questionnaire for collecting information to facilitate the review of the Action Plan, referred to in paragraph 26 of decision BS-II/3, on the status of capacity-building activities, questions to assess the possible reasons behind the limited use of the roster of biosafety experts to facilitate the review of the roster in accordance with decision BS-1/4, annex I, section K.


  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme