النسخة العربية
Roster of experts
 

As Party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, Lebanon participates in capacity-building in biotechnology and biosafety. One element of this participation is the nomination of experts that is part of a global forum of experts called ‘Roster of Experts. The complete roster of experts on biosafety is available online through the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH).
The mandate of the roster is to provide advice and other support, as appropriate and upon request, to developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition, to conduct risk assessment, make informed decisions, develop national human resources and promote institutional strengthening, associated with the transboundary movements of living modified organisms. Parties can request the assistance from an expert through the Secretariat of the Cartagena Protocol in Montreal who administrates the roster.
The experts will not be paid but the Intergovernmental Committee for the Cartagena Protocol (ICCP) has welcomed a decision to establish a pilot-phase of a voluntary trust fund for the roster of experts. It is foreseen that the first meeting of the Parties to the Protocol will take final decision on the establishment of the Voluntary Fund for the Operation of the Roster of Experts on Biosafety.


Background
 

The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Decision EM-I/3, paragraph 14, established a regionally balanced roster of experts nominated by Governments, in fields relevant to risk assessment and risk management related to the Protocol. The mandate of the roster, as specified in decision EM-I/3 is to "provide advice and other support, as appropriate and upon request, to developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition, to conduct risk assessment, make informed decisions, develop national human resources and promote institutional strengthening, associated with the transboundary movements of living modified organisms". Following establishment of the roster, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (ICCP) considered the issue of the roster of experts at each of its three meetings. The first meeting of the ICCP invited Parties and Governments to make nominations of experts to the roster, and also requested the Executive Secretary to draft interim guidelines on the operation and use of the roster. At its second meeting, the ICCP established the Interim Guidelines for the Roster of Experts on Biosafety. ICCP-2 also recommended the establishment of a voluntary fund to support developing country Parties to pay for the use of experts from the roster. At its third meeting, ICCP welcomed the decision by the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties establishing the pilot-phase of a voluntary trust fund for the roster of experts, and invited Parties and Governments to use the Interim Guidelines for the Pilot Phase of the Voluntary Fund for the Operation of the Roster of Experts on Biosafety, pending their adoption by the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (MOP-1). It further requested Parties and Governments to nominate experts and/or update information currently in the roster.


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