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Ninth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD ABS 9)

22-28 March 2010 | Santiago de Cali, Colombia

Highlights for Monday, 22 March 2010

Parque de la Solidaridad

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CBDDelegates to the ninth 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 throughout the day. In the morning, all regional groups expressed their willingness to work on the basis of a draft protocol text tabled by the Co-Chairs. In the afternoon, delegates presented specific issues of concern in the text. A celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity was hosted by the government of Colombia in the evening.


Opening Plenary

Working Group Co-Chair Timothy Hodges (Canada) opened the meeting and expressed his gratitude to the host government of Colombia.

Yadir Salazar Mejía, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombia, stressed the need for cooperation in monitoring and enforcing compliance with national access legislation.

Working Group Co-Chair Fernando Casas (Colombia) recalled the intersessional work completed since ABS 8, noting that Parties have never been so close to reaching consensus.

Participants during the plenary session.

Jochen Flasbarth, on behalf of the German COP Presidency, called on delegates to focus on key issues and show flexibility in reaching agreement.

CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf urged delegates to finalize the ABS protocol which will contribute to reshaping man’s relationship with nature.

Carlos Martin-Novella, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), stressed that adopting the protocol at COP 10 would be the most appropriate celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity.


Plenary
L-R: Valérie Normand, CBD Secretariat; Timothy Hodges and Fernando Casas, Working Group Co-Chairs; Olivier Jalbert and Ailis Rego, CBD Secretariat
Gurdial Singh (Malaysia) recalled the understanding at the Friends of the Co-Chairs’ meeting on ensuring benefit-sharing from derivatives and on placing compliance at the core of the protocol.
Nancy Hamzawi (Canada) noted that the draft COP decision should present a range of options on the instrument/instruments on the ABS regime, without prejudice to its/their nature.
Paulino Franco de Carvalho Neto (Brazil) called for a streamlined and comprehensive draft protocol with compliance at its centre.
Alejandro Lago (Spain), drew attention to the Conclusions of the EU Council of Environment Ministers supporting work towards a protocol to the CBD.
Tania Temata (Cook Islands), for the ASIA AND PACIFIC REGION, called for the explicit inclusion of derivatives in the international regime.

Michael Halewood, Bioversity International, recommended that the international regime explicitly create space for more specialized ABS norm development in the future.

Leonor Zalabata, International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB), expressed disappointment that indigenous rights and interests have not been taken into account in the draft protocol text despite their inclusion in the Montreal Annex.

Janet Lowe (New Zealand), on behalf of the LIKE-MINDED IN SPIRIT GROUP OF WOMEN, called for the inclusion of gender perspectives in the draft protocol.

Kim Chan-woo (Republic of Korea)
Birgitte Valen (Norway)

Yo Osumi (Japan)

Snežana Prokić (Serbia)

Delegates from Costa Rica and Cook Islands chatted during a short break.

L-R: Working Group Co-Chairs Tim Hodges and Fernando Casas shared a laugh before adjourning the meeting.


International Year of Biodiversity Celebration

Carlos Costa Posada, Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, Colombia, was interviewed by the media.

L-R: Carlos Costa Posada, Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, Colombia, and CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf

Heads of delegations posed for a photograph after the International Year of Biodiversity celebration.
Local swing salsa dancers entertained delegates during the evening reception.

Around the Meeting
Delegates entered the venue in the morning.
Delegates picked up translation equipment.
Participants entered the plenary room.
L-R: René Lefeber (the Netherlands) chatted to ENB writers Nicole Schabus (Austria) and Elsa Tsioumani (Greece).
L-R: ENB writer Stefan Jungcurt (Germany) talked to Kathryn Garforth, CBD Secretariat Legal Officer.
Exhibition by Corporación Autónoma Regional del Valle del Cauca (CVC).
An exhibition displayed local fruits and souvenirs.
Delegates enjoyed lunch at the venue.
Blue skies signified a promising start to the final ABS negotiations before COP 10 in Nagoya.
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Related Links

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) resources
Meeting webpage
Provisional annotated agenda
Information Portal on the ABS negotiations
Global Biodiversity Outlook


IISD RS resources

IISD RS coverage of CBD ABS 8, 9-15 November 2009, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of the Sixth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions (Article 8(j) WG 6) of the CBD, 2-6 November 2009, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the CBD, 19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
IISD RS coverage of CBD ABS 7, 2-8 April 2009, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Headquarters, Paris, France
IISD RS coverage of CBD ABS 6, 21-25 January 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
IISD RS coverage of CBD Article 8(j) WG 5, 15-19 October 2007, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of CBD COP 8, 20-31 March 2006, Curitiba, Brazil
IISD RS archive of biodiversity and wildlife meetings
Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
African Regional Coverage

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