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Fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing
(ABS 5)

8-12 October 2007
Montreal, Canada


Highlights from Friday, 12 October
 

 

Delegates to the fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in plenary and in informal regional consultations. In the morning, they discussed the status of two informal documents tabled by the Co-Chairs, one containing delegates' proposals, the other containing their reflections on progress made. In the afternoon, the closing plenary convened to adopt the meeting's report.
Photo: ABS Working Group Co-Chairs Fernando Casas, Colombia, and Timothy Hodges, Canada

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary and analysis of ABS 5 will be combined with the summary from the 5th meeting of the Working Group on Article 8(j) and will be available on Monday, 22 October 2007.

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Co-Chairs' Notes on Proposals and Reflections of Progress Made
 
 

CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf, and ABS Working Group Co-Chairs Fernando Casas, Colombia, and Timothy Hodges, Canada

 

 

Co-Chair Hodges restated the Co-Chairs' proposal to attach the Co-Chairs' documents to the meeting's report.

 

 

Fernando Coimbra, Brazil (right), proposed compiling parties' intersessional submissions with those contained in the proposals document to form the basis for future work.
 

 

The International Forum of Local Communities (left) called for the international regime to link ABS with the protection of collective intellectual heritage. Enate Evi, Tuvalu, for the Pacific SIDS (right), supported the Co-Chairs' proposal to attach the Co-Chairs' documents to the meeting's report.

 
 
 

Robert McLean, Canada (right), opposed appending the Co-Chairs' documents to the meeting report, and proposed beginning ABS 6 with a clean slate. Mexico (right) suggested holding further informal consultations before ABS 6.

 
Closing Plenary
 
 
Co-Chairs Casas and Hodges with David Dutton from Australia (left) and Olivier Jalbert, CBD Secretariat, with delegates from Canada and Australia (right). David Dutton, Australia, opposed attaching either of the Co-Chairs' documents to the report. After consultations, he suggested adding language stressing that the documents were the sole responsibility of the Co-Chairs and that they would be circulated to the parties as information documents as soon as possible upon their completion.
 
 
Matthias Buck, European Community, with members of the Secretariat and delegates from Canada and Australia (left) and Co-Chairs Casas and Hodges with Executive Secretary Djoghlaf and Olivier Jalbert, CBD Secretariat (right).
 
 
Maria Elisa Oliveira, Portugal, with Co-Chairs Casas and Hodges
 

 

 
ABS 5 Co-Chairs with members of the Secretariat waiting for delegates to conclude their informal consultations.
 
 
Referring to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Albert Gore Jr. and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf (left) pointed to the environmental dimension of peace and security and reminded delegates that peace and the CBD's objectives are inextricably linked. Co-Chair Hodges (center) praises the interpreters' hard work. CBD Executive Secretary Djoghiaf with Co-Chair Casas (right).
 
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