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MOP 5 Decision BS-V/13

BS-V/13.Public awareness, education and participation

The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety,
Recalling Article 23 of the Protocol and decision BS-II/13 on public awareness and participation,
Welcoming the progress made by Parties and relevant organizations towards the implementation of Article 23 of the Protocol,
Recalling decision BS-IV/17 that decided to develop a programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms, with specific operational objectives, scope of activities and outputs and modalities of implementation,
Recalling the request for the Executive Secretary to prepare, taking into account submissions made by Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations, a programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms,
Recognizing the need for a cohesive and focused approach to public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms,
Recognizing also the central role of the Biosafety Clearing-House in promoting public awareness, education and participation,
1.Adopts the programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms, as contained in the annex to the present decision, to facilitate implementation of Article 23 of the Protocol;
2.Invites Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations, as appropriate, to make use of the programme of work to implement Article 23 of the Protocol and share their experiences and lessons learned through the Biosafety Clearing House;
3.Underlines the importance of ensuring coherence among the programme of work and relevant activities of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters and other relevant conventions and organisations to maximize opportunities for cooperation in the promotion of public awareness, education and participation concerning living modified organisms;
4.Decides, in the light of experiences gained by the Parties, to review the programme of work at its eighth meeting, within the available resources;
5.Urges developed country Parties and other Governments and relevant organizations to provide additional support to developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition to implement relevant activities contained in the programme of work;
6.Encourages Parties to establish or make use of existing advisory committees on public awareness, education and participation concerning living modified organisms to provide advice and guidance on the implementation of the programme of work;
7.Invites the Executive Secretary to establish an online forum and other appropriate means to facilitate exchange of information and experiences on the implementation of the programme of work.
The annex of this decision is available in PDF format.

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme