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World Malaria Day 2022

Are gene drive mosquitoes the best shot we have in the fight against malaria? What risks are we accepting if we use this technology?

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International negotiations on Gene Drives resume in person

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UN CBD) and its sub-protocols are the world's most important forums for establishing internationally binding regulations for Gene Drive technology. For the first time since the beginning of the COVID pandemic - after more than two years of repeated postponements and online meetings - government officials, civil society, scientists and business lobbyists met in person to resume international negotiations in Geneva (Switzerland) between 14-29 March 2022.

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World Wildlife Day

Conserving wildlife and protecting biodiversity should be one of our biggest efforts. Gene Drive Organisms could be detrimental to both.

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European Parliament: no promotion of genetic technologies in development policy!

On Oct. 6, 2021, the European Parliament called on the EU Commission and EU member states, through its report on "The role of development policy in combating biodiversity loss not to promote genetic technologies with development aid funds and, in particular, not to allow the release of Gene Drive organisms.

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European Parliament calls for ban on gene drive technology

In their report on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, which was adopted in the plenary of the European Parliament on 08.06.2021, the parliamentarians demand that "in line with the precautionary principle, no releases of genetically modified gene drive organisms should be allowed, not even for nature conservation purposes."

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World Malaria Day: Do we need gene drives to fight malaria?

Gene drive technology carries high risks. Yet it is being promoted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a solution to malaria. On the occasion of World Malaria Day, the Stop Gene Drives campaign is launching a project that presents different perspectives on the issue of malaria control and highlights alternative, possibly less risky approaches and innovations to combat malaria.

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162 organizations call for global gene drive moratorium

A broad coalition of 162 organizations has written an open letter to Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the European Commission. It demands that plants and animals modified using new genetic engineering methods continue to be strictly regulated in the future. Furthermore, the EU Commission should support a worldwide moratorium on gene drive organisms.

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Survey: EU citizens reject genetic engineering of wild species with Gene Drives

An alliance of European NGOs commissioned a representative opinion poll to determine how the European population evaluates gene drive technologyand how well known the issue is.The response of a majority of citizens in eight European countries is: “No, the risks are too high”. This first opinion poll on the subject shows high levels of opposition to and very low levels of support for the use of gene drive technology in the environment.

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Online-Discussion: Gene Drives – Protecting People and Nature through Genetic Extermination?

In an open letter initiated by Greenpeace EU, Friends of the Earth Europe, IFOAM EU and the German initiative Save Our Seeds, 78 environmental, agricultural, animal welfare and development aid organizsations from all over Europe are calling on the EU Commission to outlaw the release of so-called Gene Drive Organisms in the EU and internationally.

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78 organizations call on the European Commission to enact a temporary ban on the novel Gene Drive technology

In an open letter initiated by Greenpeace EU, Friends of the Earth Europe, IFOAM EU and the German initiative Save Our Seeds, 78 environmental, agricultural, animal welfare and development aid organizsations from all over Europe are calling on the EU Commission to outlaw the release of so-called Gene Drive Organisms in the EU and internationally.

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