17 February 2005
Delegates to the third meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in two sub-working groups and Friends of the Co-Chairs groups throughout the day and into the night. Sub-Working Group I (SWG-I) discussed a conference room paper (CRP) on an international ABS regime. Sub-Working Group II (SWG-II) addressed CRPs on: indicators for ABS; and measures to support compliance with prior informed consent (PIC) and mutually agreed terms (MAT).
Above photo: SWG-II Co-Chair Sem Shikongo (Namibia)
pleaded to the delegates to be on time for the SWG-I