UNCTAD, in collaboration with the United Nations University´s Institute of Advanced Studies, organized a Policy Dialogue on Biotechnology Applications and Trade, as part of its Science and Technology Diplomacy Initiative. The Policy Dialogue took place on 11 March 2003 from 10 am to 12.00 noon in Room XXII at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.
The Policy Dialogue was intended to shed light on the opportunities and challenges biotechnology presents to developing countries. It highlighted the key issues in the application of biotechnology to the main areas of agriculture and health in developing countries. It also addressed the trade-related issues and the legal and regulatory regimes in biotechnology and their implications in meeting the priority needs of developing countries.
Keynote speakers included Professor Werner Arber, winner of the Nobel Prize for his work in biotechnology; Professor Gary Sampson, Chair of International Economic Governance at the United Nations University´s Institute of Advanced Studies; and Professor Ingo Potrykus, the inventor of the genetically modified rice ´Golden Rice´ that could address Vitamin A deficiencies of people in developing countries where rice is the staple of their daily diets.