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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 Tuesday, 23 March 2010

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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 a morning plenary to agree on the process forward and establish four contact groups on specific issues. Contact group 3 on derivatives, benefit-sharing and access, and contact group 4 on traditional knowledge met in the morning and afternoon. Contact group 1 on issues related to scope and finance, and contact group 2 on compliance-related issues met in the evening.


Opening Plenary
L-R: Ngwang Sonam Sherpa, Nepal Indigenous Nationalities Preservation Association (NINPA), presented a traditional scarf and copper vessel to CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf for the CBD Museum of Culture and Nature.

Mónica Rosell (Peru)

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

Sem Shikongo (Namibia)

Participants during the plenary session.
Aghamati Mohamed (Mali)
L-R: Borje Alriksson and Åsa Norrman (Sweden) in consultations during plenary.
The dais congratulating the elected contact group chairs.

Contact Group 3 on Derivatives, Benefit-sharing and Access
Contact group 3 on derivatives, benefit-sharing and access.
L-R: Contact group Co-Chairs Cosima Hufler (Austria) and Pierre du Plessis (Namibia); and Markus Lehmann and Sonia Gautreau, CBD Secretariat

Tiffany McDonald (Australia)

L-R: Contact group Co-Chairs Cosima Hufler (Austria) and Pierre du Plessis (Namibia)

Vanida Khumnirdpetch (Thailand)


Contact Group 4 on Traditional Knowledge
Participants during contact group 4 on traditional knowledge.
Teresa Cruz (Cuba)
L-R: Working Group Co-Chair Timothy Hodges (Canada) and Nancy Hamzawi (Canada)

Delegates from Malaysia and Saudi Arabia discussing the text.

Delegates from the African Group comparing notes.
L-R: John Scott, CBD Secretariat; contact group Co-Chairs Damaso Luna (Mexico) and Tone Solhaug (Norway); and Sarat Gidda and Beatriz Gómez, CBD Secretariat
L-R: Tanya Gesse and Lucy Corbett, English translators, taking a momentary break during a "technical difficulty."

Contact Group 1 on Issues Related to Scope and Finance
Contact group 1 on issues related to scope and finance.
L-R: Contact group Co-Chairs José Luis Sutera (Argentina) and Johan Bodegård (Sweden); and Lyle Glowka, CBD Secretariat

Contact Group 2 on Compliance-related Issues

A view of the dais during contact group 2 on compliance-related issues.

L-R: Jiyun Kim and Weonhye Shin (Republic of Korea)

L-R: Contact group Co-Chairs Ricardo Torres (Colombia) and René Lefeber (the Netherlands)


Side Event on Non-commercial Benefits Resulting from Basic Research

Professor Erwin Beck, Universitat Bayreuth, speaking at the side event.


Around the Meeting
CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf was interviewed by the local media.
L-R: Yana Dordina, International Development Fund for Indigenous Peoples of Russia, and Lucy Mulenkei (Kenya)
Daniel Serrano (Spain) perusing Monday’s ENB.
The New Zealand delegation poring over Monday’s ENB.
L-R: Tiffany McDonald (Australia) and Sigit Witjaksono, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia
L-R: Nancy Hamzawi and Daniel Daley (Canada)
L-R: Hortencia Hidalgo (Chile); Evelyn Acosta (Colombia); Ana Perez (Guatemala); Florina López (Panama); and Yolanda Teran (Ecuador)
National police on horseback outside of the venue.
Exhibition by Institución Educativa Madre Luna.
Exhibition by Institución Educativa El Encano.
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Related Links

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) resources
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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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