Some 2500 delegates currently meet in Malaysia to negotiate about how to protect biodiversity and about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the Biodiversity Convention (CBD) and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
Convention on Biological Diversity
There are numerous open issues and concerns (Summary) like the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, Protected Areas (1 | 2), Technology Transfer, Access and Benefit Sharing, Traditional Knowledge, Biopiracy (1|2), as well as 'smaller' issues like the rights of coastal fishing communities, Terminator seeds/GURTs (video).
Besides the delegates, there are numerous members from NGOs and from Indigenous Peoples organisataions, because in contrast to other UN conventions the CBD allows for some relevant participation, even though of course there is a lack of equity, and for the ususal side events and actions like the Captain Hook Awards for Biopiracy or the Biodiversity Sale
The main fight has been so far to keep the WTO out of the CBD and to secure the right of Indigenous Peoples in New Zealand.
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