Crop Biotech Update

ISAAA Releases Statements on Biotech at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Egypt

November 21, 2018

The two-week 2018 United Nations Biodiversity Conference commenced on November 17, 2018, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, with an opening address from President of Egypt, H.E. Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi.

"The theme of our conference Investing in Biodiversity for People and Planet reflects our collective vision of the necessity to integrate biodiversity conservation into all walks of life. This shall contribute to preserving the natural resources and managing them in a sustainable way," President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said.

During the conference, the delegates from the 196 Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are expected to renew their commitment to achieving global biodiversity targets by 2020 and set a roadmap for negotiations on the post-2020 biodiversity framework.

ISAAA and its network of Biotechnology Information Centers (BIC) are actively participating in the conference events. ISAAA has released statements related to biotechnology, particularly in socio-economic considerations, capacity building, Biosafety Clearing House, and assessment and review of the effectiveness of the Protocol.

Read more from the ISAAA statementsPresident Abdel Fattah El Sisis's address, and CBD's press release about the event.