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Worku Yifru
Worku Damena Yifru is an environmental lawyer currently specializing in biosafety issues. He is a Programme Officer for biosafety law and policy at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. He, among other things, coordinate activities of the Secretariat in support of the work of the Compliance Committee under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the group negotiating international rules and procedures on liability and redress for damage resulting from the transboundary movements of genetically modified organisms.
Prior to joining the Secretariat in 2001, he worked for 12 years on environment and development issues at different Government positions. He was the head of Policy and Legislation Department at the Environmental Protection Authority of the Ethiopian Government. He was a member and a legal advisor of the Ethiopian delegation in several international environmental negotiations, including the negotiations for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Worku holds a masters degree (LL.M.) in Environmental Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Eleven September 2008 marks the fifth Anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The objective of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is to contribute to ensuring an adequate level of protection in the field of the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology that may have adverse effects on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, taking also into account risks to human health, and specifically focusing on transboundary movements.
Worku will try to answer any questions that you may have regarding the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in general, and the on-going negotiations on liability and redress for damage resulting from genetically modified organisms in particular. His answers are personal and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which is also the Secretariat for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
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