The UN Convention on Biodiversity COP9/MOP4 conference takes place in Bonn from 12th – 30th May, where talks will focus on how to deal with the damage caused by genetically modified crops (MOP4) and on biodiversity, agrofuels, access to genetic resources and other crucial topics (COP9). The negotiations on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, an international agreement designed to protect biodiversity from the risks posed by the international trade in genetically modified crops, cover liability for GM contamination, and the controversial issue of genetically engineered trees. Corporate Europe Observatory will be working with the Activism Network COP 9 – bringing together small farmers and campaigners from around the world – to monitor progress at the Bonn talks. Again we will be watching the activities of the corporate lobbyists who are active at the talks - and of the corporate aligned lobbyists such as PRRI (see PRRI briefing). At COP9, agrofuels will be on the agenda. Social and environmental organisations will be calling for a moratorium on trade in agrofuels. Outside the COP, the German goverment is expected to sign an energy deal with Brazil on May 13th, boosting trade in ethanol – and undermining efforts to back sustainability. Once again, the interests of small farmers and local communities will be pitched against the biotech industry who will push to be allowed to continue in its efforts to privatise nature by creating Terminator seeds, patenting plants and denying individuals their rights.
Corporates hijack biodiversity talks
A briefing published today by Genewatch, Testbiotech, Berne Declaration, SwissAid and Corporate Europe Observatory highlights how regulatory decisions on GM insects in Europe and around the world are being biased by corporate interests. EFSA is again under scrutiny.
Asia Europe People's Forum, Belgian Platform for Action on Health and Solidarity, Corporate Europe Observatory, India FDI Watch, Programme on Women's Economic Social and Cultural Rights, WIDE network Tuesday 5 October 2010, 10-11 am Residence Palace – International Press Centre (Room Salon, ground floor) Rue de la Loi 155 – Bloc C – 1040 Brussels
Bonn, 19 May -- The biosafety negotiations in Bonn ended without a legally binding agreement on who could be held liable for compensation for damage caused by GM crops. Negotiators reached an "accord" which will be negotiated further over the next two years. This time it was Japan blocking progress, with the silent approval of New Zealand, Peru,and probably others. This does not look good for Japan who is host for the next CBD.
Civil society groups today urged the European Commission and Indian Government to halt free trade negotiations, scheduled to continue in Delhi tomorrow. In an open letter, signed by more than 100 groups, they warned that the talks would damage the livelihoods of millions of people in both India and Europe, exacerbating poverty and undermining economic and social development.
Labour, environmental, Indigenous, women's, academic, health sector and fair trade organizations from Europe, Canada and Quebec representing more than 65 million people are demanding that Canada and the EU stop negotiating an excessive and controversial investor rights chapter in the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The groups issued a joint statement today ahead of a two-day meeting in Ottawa between European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Canadian International Trade Minister Ed Fast, where the two hope to move the CETA negotiations into the final stages.
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