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Sent: 02 June 2003 14:59
Subject: End of FAO conference on Regulation of GMOs
The last message (number 93), from Tracey McCowen, has been posted so Conference 9 of the FAO Biotechnology Forum is now officially closed.
FAO established the Biotechnology Forum in the year 2000 with the aim of providing quality balanced information on agricultural biotechnology in developing countries and to make a neutral platform available for people to exchange views and experiences on this subject. We hope that this conference on regulation of GMOs in developing and transition countries has been both interesting and of value to you.
For your information, we can provide some figures about the conference. It ran for five weeks, from 28 April to 1 June 2003 and a total of 401 people subscribed. This is the highest number for any of the Biotechnology Forum conferences held so far, reflecting the major interest in this subject. Of the 401 people, 44 (i.e. 11 %) submitted at least one message. Messages came from all major regions of the world - 31 of the 93 messages posted (i.e. 33%) came from participants in North America, 24% from Asia, 19% from Africa, 9% from Oceania and 8% each from Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean. Messages came from people in 19 different countries - the greatest proportion coming from the United States (23%), India (18%), South Africa (12%), Canada (11%) and Australia (9%). A total of 46 (i.e. 49%) messages were from participants in developing countries and 47 (51%) from developed countries. (Note that these figures are only an approximate indicator of the relative contributions of the developing versus developed world and of the different world regions to the conference - people from developing countries may be currently living in developed countries (and vice versa)).
The greatest proportion of messages came from people working in research centres (27%), universities (26%) and NGOs (19%), with the remainder from private consultants (16%) and from people working in government bodies (8%) or UN organisations (4%). Note, again, that these results are only an approximation - people may have several roles at any one time (e.g. a participant with a university work address could also be on a governmental advisory board and/or a member of a NGO) and they may change over time.
If, in the future, you use material from the conference for your decision-making or refer to it in articles or use it as reference material we would be happy to be know about it (contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Finally, we wish to give a very special and sincere thanks to all the 44 individuals who submitted messages - thank you for devoting your time and effort to sharing your stimulating views, insights and experiences with us.
John Ruane, PhD
FAO Working Group on Biotechnology,
Moderator, Conference 9
FAO website http://www.fao.org
Forum website http://www.fao.org/biotech/forum.asp
FAO Biotechnology website http://www.fao.org/biotech/index.asp
p.s. All the messages posted have been placed on the Forum website for
future reference. In
addition, messages can be recovered in monthly files by conference
subscribers. To recover the 11 messages posted in April in a single message
(size 28 kb), send an e-mail to email@example.com leaving the
subject blank and enter the one-line text message as follows:
To receive the 77 messages posted in May in a single e-mail (size 158 kb), do the same but replace "apr" by "may".
To receive the 5 messages posted in June in a single e-mail (size 8 kb), do the same but replace "apr" by "jun".