The issue of the potential inclusion of socioeconomic considerations in biosafety and/or technology decision making will be a substantive issue in the agenda for discussion by the parties of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties 6 (COP-MOP6) of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in India, October 2012. The issue of socioeconomics is introduced in Article 26 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
In the previous meeting (COP-MOP5 in Nagoya Japan) the issue of socioeconomics was discussed peripherally as part of the event. The consensus at the time, was that the Parties did not have enough information for a substantive discussion, and thus it would be premature any debate at that point. With this outcome, the parties to the Cartagena Protocol decided to support expert consultations and regional discussions on the issue of socioeconomic consideration.
Paragraph 25 of decision BS-V/3 in COP-MOP5 requested the Executive Secretary of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) to convene a regionally-balanced workshop on capacity-building for information exchange on socio-economic impacts. The Workshop held in India on October 2011 page is located here.
Two important documents arising from the India workshop, online consultations hosted by the CBD Secretariat and other activities are
Synthesis of information and capacity building and socioeconomics and the Synthesis of views on next steps on socio-economics
It is critically important for experts, decision makers, regulators, and other stakeholders, to carefully read these two documents, and the contents of the online discussions hosted by the CBD.