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Biotechnology for Latin America and the Caribbean


“Promote/Encourage the application of Biotechnology for Latin America and the Caribbean development through preparation/qualification, generation of new knowledge, and research oriented to solve critical problems of the region.” In order to fulfill this declared mission and to reduce the unequal distribution of practical knowledge in the region, our goals are:

  • Coordinate and promote research oriented to improve  social and economic welfare in Venezuela and the rest of the Latin American countries and the Caribbean.
  • Encourage research, advanced and specialized training for professionals of superior education, and spreading of biotechnology subjects and related topics.
  • Focus on providing knowledge and experience transfer among researchers and technicians of the region and outside of it.


“Be an international centre of biotechnology, assisted by cooperating institutes, that is dedicated to create knowledge, to train, to develop essential competences, and to solve problems to transform the Latin American and Caribbean societies. Thus, according to UNU mission, the social conscience will increase, the superior education will be improved, and the pressing global problems that are a concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States will be solved.”


  • Spread biotechnology as a discipline that contributes to the economic development, the auto-sustainability, and the competitive capacity of the region.
  • Provide and encourage discussions to define Latin American and the Caribbean position regarding Bioethics, without excluding the global context.
  • Contribute to the formulation of a regulation system in Biosafety, considering the singularities of each region.
  • Plan the activities of the Programme considering the current necessities of the region regarding specific preparation and qualification, research, development and definition of policies concerning biotechnology.
  • Encourage projects that produce tangible results and that are oriented to solve problems applying biotechnology to agriculture, health, biologic diversity and food.
  • Be the link between universities, institutions, and the private sector of developed countries to allow the transfer of advanced biotechnology to their equivalent of the region.
  • Extend the training of different biotechnological disciplines to the private sector individuals and governmental employees involved in activities and decisions related to biotechnology.
  • Measure the impact of the Programme in the development of institutions and professionals to which support has been given.

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