9/30/2005

Ref: SCBD/STTM/DCO/va/48601 ³Advice on the report of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Genetic Use Restriction Technologies

To: Hamdallah Zedan
Executive Secretary
Convention on Biological Diversity,
United Nations Environment Programme
scretariat@biodiv.org
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RE: Ref: SCBD/STTM/DCO/va/48601 ³Advice on the report of the Ad Hoc Technical
Expert Group on Genetic Use Restriction Technologies (GURTS)

Greetings Hamdallah Zedan:

On behalf of the Caribbean Indigenous Peoples represented by the United Confederation of Taíno People (UCTP), we join in solidarity with indigenous peoples around the world and call upon the Working Group on Article 8(j) to advise the Eighth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP8) that GURTs is a dangerous technology that threatens biodiversity, Indigenous knowledge systems, smallholder farmers and global food security.

We call upon the Parties at the COP8 to fully consider the AHTEG Report on GURTS, and approve the Report¹s recommendation that governments develop national regulations to prohibit commercialization of GURTS.

In recognition of the negative impacts GURTs poses to indigenous peoples, local communities, peasants and small-scale farmers we call on the Parties to the COP8 to strengthen the recommendation of paragraph 23 of decision V/5, that no GURTS should be approved for field testing or commercial use.

In recognition of the negative impacts that GURTs pose to Indigenous peoples, the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Secretariat must ensure the full and effective participation of Indigenous peoples in all future processes of the CBD related to GURTs.

Respectfully,
Roberto Múcaro Borrero,
President and Chairman,
United Confederation of Taíno People,
U.S. Regional Coordinating Office
http://www.uctp.org/

*Original Letter was sent to the Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Environment Programme on Friday, Sept. 30, 2005.

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