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UN MEETING ON BIOSAFETY

in Montreal 29th May to 3th June

The meeting started with electiricity when Canada, the host of the
conference, denied to give a visa to the dr Tewolde, etiopian delegate who
is known as one of the leaders of developing countries in these biosafety
negotiations. Tewolde got the visa and was on wellcomed also by
environmental organisations who were arranging their opening seremonies
outside the conference office. Look clips of the openings outside and
inside of the biosafety meeting.

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But why Canada tryed to do this, what was behind that conflict? In this 20
minutes interwiev dr Tewolde gives some answers and glance on global
biosafety and biodiversity politics.

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One of the main issues in this meeting was identifying and labelling of
living genetically modified organims, specially under the discussion were
the seeds. Environmental and agricultural non-governemental organisations
presented their worry and examples about the contamination in several side
events.

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When the national and international mechanism to controll are still too
weak to prevent the contamination there has become activities in many
countries to build up GM free zones. These movements were celebrating
their victories in a side event in Montreal:

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But besides such crops as canola and soya there is also the need to
control the transboundary movement of otherkind of living organisms such
as microbies, fishes and trees.

Dr. Ricarda Steinbrecher was speaking about the special risks and problems
on GM trees in the side event arranged by PeopleĀ“s Biosafety Associationa
and Union of Ecoforestry.

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Most of the countries who have signed the Cartagena biosafety protocoll
would like to have stricht rules for controlling transboundary movement of
genetically modified organisms but there was also some two countries who
could block this prosess. Environmental organisations expressed their
frustration. Clips from the demonstration and comments by Juan Lopez,
Biosafety Coordinator of Friends of Earth International and Li Lin Lim,
researcher from Third World Network.

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These and other materials documentated in the meeting are available in
full resolution versions for tv- and radio broadcastings and by low
resolution versions for free use of sivil society.

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