The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will host an online forum on biosafety and the future of the Cartagena Protocol – which aims to ensure the safe handling, transport and use of living modified organisms – on July 8-19. Online discussions will be followed by a workshop on August 25 on the same topic. Both initiatives will feed the first round of negotiations of the framework – the Open-Ended Working Group meetings to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, on August 27-31.

The forum and workshop are part of the consultation process for defining the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. This new framework will establish priorities and targets to guide governments and other stakeholders’ actions to recover ecosystems and reduce biodiversity loss for at least the next 10 years.

The deadline to register for the online forum is June 7 and for the workshop is July 31.