III Working Day for Permanent Commission on Foreign Policy

Following several days of intense debate on the MINIMATA Convention on mercury, the members of the Permanent Commission on Foreign Policy, International Cooperation and African Integration produced the final version of their review on Monday 24th September, pending the appearance of Government members to clarify doubts and concerns which arose during the review.

The Permanent Commission on Foreign Policy, International Cooperation and African Integration, led by the First Vice-President of the Senate, A�ngel Serafin Dougan Malabo, representing the President of the Upper Chamber, Teresa Efua Asangono, completed the review of the MINIMATA Convention on mercury, a legal document submitted by the Lower Chamber to the Senate for second reading.

Following an exhaustive review of the MINIMATA Convention, the commission identified aspects it considers to be inadequate. For that reason, it agreed to request the appearance of members of the Government to respond to questions corresponding to its competence, in order to clarify the doubts and concerns arising from the review, while the commissioners adopted the Nagoya Protocol, on access to genetic resources.

The convention which will be submitted for consideration by the Senate table aims to safeguard biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equal participation in the benefits deriving from the use of genetic resources.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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