New dates for the UN Biodiversity Convention meeting crucial to development of post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
In the recent press released by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), new dates have been announced for the UN Biodiversity Conference, now scheduled for 11-24 October 2021 in Kunming, China. The UN Biodiversity Conference was originally scheduled to take place last 15-28 October 2020 in Kunming, China. The dates were later changed to May 2021 but have been adjusted to reflect the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
During the Conference, the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the CBD will be held simultaneously with the 10th Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (MOP10) and the 4th Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (MOP4).
The COP15 to the CBD will assess the achievement and implementation of the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. It is also expected that a decision will take place on the adoption of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, which is crucial for building resilience and galvanizing international cooperation, including the decision on associated topics such as capacity building and resource mobilization.
“New Plant Breeding Techniques enables us to accelerate the development of crop varieties as compared to conventional breeding, it opens up opportunities to further improve our approach in agriculture. “ -Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña.
Last 10 February 2021, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (NCBP) exerted its efforts in disseminating innovative information on the New Plant Breeding Techniques (NBTs) or Plant Breeding Innovations (PBIs) to our local scientists, regulatory agencies and other stakeholders through a webinar.
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The 16th NBW 2020 launches with the theme “BIOTEKNOLOHIYA: PAGBANGON AT PAG-ASA TUNGO SA MATATAG NA KOMUNIDAD, KAPALIGIRAN, AT EKONOMIYA”
The National Biotechnology Week (NBW) was created by Presidential Proclamation No. 1414 and is hereby celebrated every third week of November to showcase various milestones, breakthroughs, and contributions of Biotechnology in the field of Agriculture and Food Security, Equitable Health Care Services, Development of Industries and Business Enterprises, Sustainable Environment, and Economic Development. The festivity has been participated by different National Government Agencies (NGAs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), State Colleges and Universities (SUCs), and Private Academic Institutions.
In this year’s NBW, the theme “BIOTEKNOLOHIYA: PAGBANGON AT PAG-ASA TUNGO SA MATATAG NA KOMUNIDAD, KAPALIGIRAN, AT EKONOMIYA”, was carved out to display the Filipino’s resilient attitude and adaptability amidst the current pandemic situation.
A series of webinars, technical fora, exhibits, and other events that aim to highlight the contributions of biotechnology to our society will be presented on the week-long event through virtual means.
All of these events are free and available on NBW Facebook page.
The 16th NBW will be shown live online from NOVEMBER 23 to 27, 2020.
Transcending beyond borders, the Department of Science and Technology-National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (DOST-NCBP) took part in the Engagement Workshop for the Development of Post 2020 Biosafety Project back to back with the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) Training Workshop from 4-7 February 2020 at New Delhi, India and the 9th International Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology Conference on 8-10 February 2020 at University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.