8th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
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The 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was meant to ensure the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilisation of genetic resources. Once again in Brazil, but this time in the southern city of Curitiba, the states party to the Convention gathered from 20 to 30 March 2006 to discuss these issues. For information on background and specific issues click here.

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Conference ends, but bio-battles set to rage
The meetings of the Biosafety Protocol and Convention on Biological Diversity have ended in Curitiba, with a few concrete results. But there is a wider consensus today on the need for a fair and equitable sharing of the world’s natural biological wealth, and their benefits.
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CBD calls for precautionary approach to GE trees
The Convention on Biological Diversity’s Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP-8) passed a formal declaration recognizing the threats posed by genetically engineered trees and urging countries to take a precautionary approach to the technology. This is an important step forward for the global campaign to stop GE trees.
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CBD sets 2010 deadline to set up global ABS regime
The 8th Conference of the Parties (COP 8) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) ended late in the night on the last day of the meeting (31 March) with agreement on how to progress on access and benefit sharing (ABS), a key issue that has dogged the CBD for many years.
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News Reports
Conference ends, but bio-battles set to rage
CBD calls for precautionary approach to GE trees
CBD sets 2010 deadline to set up global ABS regime
Billions needed to win race against species loss
Progress at a ‘multilateral pace'
Environmentalists, indigenous people disappointed by COP8
UN upholds moratorium on terminator seed technology
Synergy between the Rio conventions
No patents without local consent, delegates urge
A name as means of protection
Putting the gene back in the bottle
Activists disagree on economic aspects of benefit-sharing
Ban GM trees, say forest-rich developing countries
US cuts funding to key environment programme
NGOs warn about genetic contamination
Terminator seeds suffer defeat at global conference
IFC green gloss: new private sector guide to biodiversity
Winners of the Captain Hook and Cog Awards announced
Via Campesina expresses its support for the 9 peasant women arrested in Brazil
Captain Hook awards for biopiracy 2006
Terminator rejection - a victory for the people
Who has access to biodiversity?
Indigenous women protest terminator inside the COP8
Disown patent on "terminator" potato, indigenous farmers tell business leader
Peasants say no to ‘selling' traditional knowledge
Don't sell "suicide seeds", activists warn
Half a million Indian farmers sign petition urging Ban on Terminator
Curitiba, an indigenous conference
Mexico and Paraguay block agreement on biosafety
Biosafety protocol alive, but restricted
Victims of agribusiness to speak out at UN biodiversity summit
Civil society Forum on COP 8
Despite the hype, biotechnology benefits are unfulfilled, say NGOs
Victims of glyphosate invade biosafety meetings
Biotech foods: David versus Goliath
Via Campesina calls for Curitiba mobilization for seeds
Transgenic crops make their mark in Latin America
PANOS at the CBD
How the CBD upheld moratorium on 'Terminator Technology'
Civil responsibility and restoration in the CBD: position document submitted by Oilwatch
Briefing paper on transgenic trees presented at COP8 (PDF)
Will the CBD translate hopes into action?
Analysis of key decision at Biosafety Protocol meeting (MOP3)
Terminator seed battle begins: farmers face billions of dollars in potential costs
Daily updates by BanTerminator campaign
Historic agreement on documentation for GMO shipments
Global biodiversity outlook 2
Open letter: Developing country participation in Curitiba, Brazil (doc file)
Paraguay: report on human and environmental rights violations related to GM soy expansion (PDF)
Friends of the Earth's briefing on the Biosafety Protocol negotiations 2006 (PDF)
COP 8 Preparation by the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity
Indigenous peoples, traditional knowledge and biodiversity
Report on GM contamination worldwide by Greenpeace
IPS coverage of COP 8
Expert group report on the impact of Terminator technology (PDF format
Preparatory meeting documents: Granada, Spain 30 January - 3 February 2006

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