Mondiaal Alternatief endorses the Mission statement of Biotech
The mission of the Biotechnology and
Development Monitor project (hereafter to be referred to as the
Monitor) is to support and improve policy and decision making in the field
of research, development, regulation and applications related to biotechnology
relevant to developing countries.
The Monitor analyses world-wide developments in biotechnology, and
trade and technology related international regulation, in the context of its
socio-economic implications for developing countries. The Monitor
maintains a rigorously independent position and is not linked to any
organisation with vested interests in biotechnology.
The Monitor provides a forum for discussion on the positive and/or
negative impact of biotechnological innovations and international regulations on
issues such as economic growth, agricultural production, food security, shifts
in national and global markets, access to technology, employment, social
differentiation and human rights. The analyses are of an interdisciplinary
nature, with an emphasis on the integration of theoretical and empirical
information from social sciences and natural sciences.
• The Monitor strives to allow policy and decision makers to
anticipate new developments, and to create awareness of different policy options.
• The Monitor also strives to increase the number of stakeholders
in the formulation of biotechnology policies and to facilitate consensus
building among different interest groups.
These objectives are achieved by providing quality information based on
objective and independent analyses and overviews of recent and new developments
in the field of biotechnology, and by supporting capacity building in developing
countries on interdisciplinary research.
The importance of and need for the Monitor is underlined by the fact that
biotechnology is developing fast, has a high impact and is an important
instrument in dealing with many global issues. Socio-economic implications of
biotechnology are and remain highly relevant. The Monitor is unique in
that it provides multidisciplinary analyses and has a multi-sectoral focus. Its
high degree of credibility and the fact that it is often the only source of
up-to-date and relevant information for the target group, notably in developing
countries, makes it indispensable.
The primary target group of the Monitor consists of current and future
policy makers, and those groups and individuals that influence policy making.
This includes policy makers in the public sector, scientists, industrial
organizations, farmers’ organizations, consumers’ organizations,
non-governmental organizations, university students in developing and
industrialized countries. The target group also includes the people that provide
the primary target group with information, e.g. lecturers, journalists and
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Genenmanipulatie en oordeelsvorming
International Forum for
Genetic Engineering (Ifgene)