AD HOC GROUP ON BIOSAFETY: The third meeting of the Ad Hoc Group on Biosafety (BSWG-3) is scheduled for 13-17 October 1997 in Montreal. During BSWG-2, delegates discussed the possibility of a fourth meeting to be held February/March 1998. They also considered a fifth meeting in late 1998. For more information, contact the CBD Secretariat, 393 Saint Jacques St., Office 300, Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 1N9, Canada; tel: +1-514-288-2220; fax: +1-514-288-6588; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: The third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-3) will be held in Montreal from 1-5 September 1997. The Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-4) will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia, from 4-15 May 1998. For more information, contact the CBD Secretariat.
OTHER CBD MEETINGS: A meeting of the Liaison Group on Forest Biological Diversity will be held in Helsinki, Finland, from 25-28 May 1997. A Latin American and Caribbean regional meeting on the Clearinghouse Mechanism is tentatively scheduled for July in Colombia. A workshop on the implementation of Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge) is tentatively scheduled from 10-14 November 1997 in a venue to be determined. For more information, contact the CBD Secretariat.
FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM: This conference, entitled Conferencia Internacional: La Propiedad Intelectual de los Pueblos Indigenas ante el Nuevo Milenio, is scheduled for 2-6 June 1997 and will be hosted by WATU/Accion Indigena and Secretaria de Estado para la Cooperacion International y para Iberoamerica. For information contact: Margrieth Nazareth Cortes, WATU/Accion Indigena, P. de la Chopera, Semisotano, 28045 Madrid, Spain; tel: +34 1 473 3031; fax: +34 1 473 2501; e-mail: email@example.com
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS III: This conference, entitled Intellectual Property Rights III Global Genetic Resources: Access and Property Rights Workshop, will be held at the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street, SW, Washington DC, USA from 4-6 June 1997. The conference will review factors affecting global access to plant genetic resources and the effect of intellectual property rights on the exchange of these materials. For further information contact: American Society of Agronomy, 677 South Segoe Road, Madison, WI 53711, USA. To register via the Internet try http://www.agronomy.org/ipr/
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MEDICINAL PLANTS CONSERVATION, UTILIZATION, TRADE AND BIOCULTURES: This meeting is scheduled from 16-20 February 1998 at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore, India. The meeting will focus on the issue of medicinal plants for survival. For further information contact the Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), No. 50, 2nd Stage, MSH Layout, Anandnagar, Bangalore 560 024, India; tel: +91 80 333 6909/0348; fax: +91 80 333 4167; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPECIAL SESSION OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY: The Special Session of the UN General Assembly is scheduled for 23-27 June 1997. The session will conduct an overall review and appraisal of progress in implementing the UNCED agreements since the 1992 Earth Summit. For more information, contact: Andrey Vasilyev, UN Division for Sustainable Development, tel: +1-212-963-5949, fax: +1-212- 963-4260, e-mail: email@example.com. Also visit the Home Page for the Special Session at http://www.un.org/DPCSD/earthsummit/.
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