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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

Highlights for Friday, 3 April 2009
Delegates to 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 in a morning plenary to address compliance, benefit-sharing, and access. A contact group met in the afternoon and evening to negotiate operational text on the objective of the international regime.


"UNESCO" from Robert Jacobsen, Danish artist.

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Morning Plenary


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

 

Alejandro Lago and Asha Sukhwani, Spain

Marina von Weissenberg, Finland, and Girma Balcha, Ethiopia
Brazilian delegates


GRULAC participants

Contact Group

Valerie Normand, CBD Secretariat, and Contact Group Co-Chairs Birthe Ivars (Norway) and David Hafashimana (Uganda)


Jose Luis Sutera and Mariana Alvarez Rodriguez, Argentina
Sem Shikongo, Namibia

Tone Solhaug, Norway

Side Event
Compliance issues in the ABS International Regime

Himanshu Vyas, Ayurnet Healthcare, Jose Miguel Flores Acuña, Chile, Maria Hauser, International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration, and Christine Akello, National Environmental Manangement Authority, Uganda
 

Susan K. Fiston, Access and Benefit Sharing Alliance

Side Event
Formalizing Prior Informed Consent with Indigenous and Local Communities - Experiences on the Ground


Dagmar Lohan, GTZ, and Kabir Bavikatte, Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment

 

Around Conference Center

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the annual meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination, hosted by UNESCO from 4-5 April 2009.


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Provisional Agenda
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