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Joint Global Round Table on LMOs/GMOs

16 - 18 December 2019
Salle VII, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland

The third joint Round Table on Public Awareness, Access to Information and Public Participation regarding living modified organisms/genetically modified organisms (LMOs/GMOs) was held in Geneva on 16 -18 December 2019.

The roundtable was organized under the auspices of the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (Cartagena Protocol).

The Round Table aimed to build countries’ capacities through sharing knowledge, experiences and lessons learned in promoting public awareness, access to information and public participation regarding LMOs/GMOs and made suggestions for future action at the national, regional and international levels. The meeting reviewed a draft pocket guide on benefits, systemic challenges, priority areas and best practices related to LMOs/GMOs. Documents for the meeting along with the delivered presentations are available below.  For photo taken at the meeting, click here

Find out more about the outcomes of the meeting here


Document title ENG FRE RUS
Provisional Programme PDF    
List of Participants PDF    
Chair's summary PDF    
Draft GMO Pocket Guide (version 29 November 2019) PDF    
Learning Journal DOC    
Overview of Implementation of the Aarhus Convention with regards to GMOs PDF    
The Programme of Work on Public Awareness, Education and Participation regarding LMOs and its priority areas (The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety)               available through this link
Key guidance and other material related to GMO available through this link



I. Opening Statement      
Mr. Marco Keiner, Director, ECE Environment Division PDF    
Statement on behalf of Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the Acting Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity PDF    
II. Ratification and implementation of the Aarhus Convention’s Almaty Amendment on GMOs and implementation of Article 23 on public awareness and participation under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: challenges and good practices      
Status of ratification and implementation presented by Ms. Maike Salize, Aarhus Convention Secretariat PDF    
Ms. Altynkul Balabayeva, Director of Department, Information and Analytical Center, Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of Kazakhstan     PDF
Ms. Carliz Elena Díaz Martinez, Agronomist Engineer, Directorate General of Biological Diversity, Ministry of People’s Power for Eco-socialism of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela   PDF    
Ms. Odeta Pivoriene, Chief Officer, Nature Protection and Forest Policy Group, Ministry of Environment of Lithuania PDF    
III. Access to information
Introduction to provisions on access to information of the Aarhus Convention and of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
Mr. Sergiy Vykhryst, Associate Professor, KROK University, Ukraine PDF    
Mr. Hans Moons, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission (remotely) PDF    
Mr. Casper Linnestad, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Climate and Environment of Norway  PDF    
Ms. Ana Atanassova, Regulatory Policy Manger, Global Industry Coalition/ BASF PDF    
Ms. Antje Lorch, NGO Ecoropa; representative of the European ECO Forum  PDF    
IV. Public awareness      
Mr. Wendrabo Mathurin Rouamba, National Focal Point for the Biosafety Clearing-House under the Cartagena Protocol, National Biosafety Agency of Burkina Faso  PDF    
Mr. Dzhamoliddin Yakubov, Head of Aarhus Center, Committee on Environmental Protection of Tajikistan     PDF
Ms. Lydia Astanina, Chair of NGO “Greenwomen” Analytical Environmental Agency, Kazakhstan; representative of the European ECO Forum     PDF
V. Public participation
Training on procedures on public participation in decision-making related to LMOs/GMOs
Training Facilitator
Mr. Sergiy Vykhryst, Associate Professor, “KROK” University, Ukraine 
Ms. Angela Lozan, Manager, Head of Biosafety Office, Biodiversity Office, Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova PDF    
Mr. Marek Prityi, State Adviser, Department of International Relations, Directorate for Environmental Policy, EU and International Relations, Ministry of Environment of Slovakia PDF    
Mr. Hatem Ben Belgacem, Deputy Director of Environmental Studies at the General Direction of Environment and Quality of Life, Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment of Tunisia PDF    
Ms. Natasha Dokovska Spirovska, Program Director, NGO Journalists for Human Rights, North Macedonia; representative of the European ECO Forum PDF    
VIII. The way forward      
Mr. Helmut Gaugitsch, Chair, Joint Global Round Table on LMOs/GMOs under the Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity PDF