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Seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended
Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing of
the Convention on Biological Diversity

2 - 8 April 2009 | Paris, France



Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary and Timothy Hodges (Canada), ABS Working Group Co-Chair

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Highlights for Wednesday, 8 April 2009
The seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met from 2-8 April 2009, at UNESCO headquarters, in Paris, France. The meeting continued the negotiation of an international regime on ABS, focusing on operational text on the objective, scope, compliance, fair and equitable benefit-sharing, and access. The Working Group is expected to finalize the international regime and to submit it for consideration and adoption by the tenth Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the CBD, to be held from 18-29 October 2010, in Nagoya, Japan.
The Working Group encountered several procedural obstacles, most of which related to the structure of the negotiating document agreed upon at ABS 6 and CBD COP 9, consisting of sections on the main components, including items “to be further elaborated with the aim of incorporating them in the international regime” in the case of agreement in principle (“bricks”), and items “for further consideration,” in the case of disagreement or need for further clarification (“bullets”). Although this structure had assisted negotiations in the past, it provoked prolonged procedural debates in Paris, with regional groups accusing each other of sabotaging the process by trying to promote bullets to bricks through their textual proposals under each item. Two days before the end of the meeting the Working Group agreed to abandon the bricks and bullets concept and work directly on textual proposals under the existing structure.
The most controversial substantive debate concerned the inclusion or not of viruses and pathogens in the scope of the regime, and was held in the early morning hours of Wednesday, 8 April, in the contact group on scope.

Fernando Casas (Colombia), ABS Working Group Co-Chair, James Seyani, Malawi, Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary and Timothy Hodges (Canada), ABS Working Group Co-Chair
Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary and Timothy Hodges (Canada), ABS Working Group Co-Chair

Matthias Buck, EU
Fernando Coimbra, Brazil
Pierre du Plessis, Namibia
Ossama El-Tayeb, Egypt

Gurdial Singh, Malaysia
Timothy Hodges (Canada), ABS Working Group Co-Chair

Gapusi R. Jean, Rwanda
Victor Canton, Uruguay

Malaysian Delegates
 

Delegates from the Philippines
 

Japanese delegates
 

France Jacovella, Canada
Joseph Toussaint, Haiti

Memorandum of Understanding on Capacity-Building for Indigenous and local communities
Indigenous representatives sign memorandum of understanding.
CBD Executive Secretary signs memorandum of understanding.


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Teresa Dolores Cruz Sardinas, Cuba and Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary
 

Imane Keira, Lisa Pedicelli, Veronique Allain, and Franca D'Amico, Secretariat Staff
Antonio Matamorros, Ecuador and Carliz Diaz, Venezuela

Harry Jonas, ENB writer, (UK), Stefan Jungcurt, ENB writer (Germany), Nicole Schabus, Enb writer, (Austria), Elsa Tsioumani, ENB Team Leader (Greece), Claudio Chiarolla, ENB writer (Italy),
 

Nancy Williams, ENB Logistic Coordinator, (United States), and Angeles Estrada Vigil, ENB Digital Editor (Argentina)
 


 

 

Franca D'Amico and John Scott, CBD Secretariat

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8-12 October 2007, Montreal, Canada
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