In a scaled-down CoP scenario, some 2,000 delegates from 150 countries will be converging in Hyderabad tomorrow. The earlier estimate was 10,000 to 12,000. However, the number of NGO delegates participating is not known as yet.
The meet will discuss and adopt further decisions to ensure the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology. These will include decisions to advance the implementation of the 10-year Strategic Plan for the Protocol adopted in 2010 and the entry into force of the Nagoya — Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Protocol.
This comes at a time when Jamaica deposited its instrument of ratification to the Protocol on September 25, 2012.
The Cartagena Protocol Biosafety was adopted on January 29, 2000 and entered into force on September 11, 2003.