Second Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety 

30 May - 3 June 2005, Montreal, Canada 

 

 


 

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Highlights for Wednesday, 1 June 2005

 


Delegates to the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP-2) convened in plenary and two working group sessions. A morning plenary considered conference room papers (CRPs) on cooperation with other organizations, and liability and redress. Working Group I (WG-I) discussed CRPs on: the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH); risk assessment and risk management; handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI); and other scientific and technical issues. Working Group II (WG-II) considered CRPs on: notification; capacity building, including the roster of experts; and public awareness and participation. A contact group discussed documentation for living modified organisms for food, feed or processing (LMO-FFPs).


Above photo L-R: Hamdallah Zedan, Executive Secretary,
Sothinathan Sinna Goundar, COP/MOP-2 President, and Cyrie Shendashonga (CBD).

 


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COP/MOP-2 President Sothinathan Sinna Goundar (left), Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Malaysia, opened the meeting and noted that the rules of procedure of the Compliance Committee would be referred to a Friends of the Chair group. WG-I Chair Birthe Ivars (Norway) (center) and WG-II Chair Orlando Santos (Cuba)(right) reported on progress in their respective working groups.

 

 


On cooperation with other organizations, conventions and initiatives, CHILE added a reference to the International Animal Health Organization. Above photo: Pablo Romero (Chile)


The Netherlands, on behalf of the EU and BULGARIA, proposed encouraging the development of a memorandum of understanding with the Aarhus Convention.
Above photo: Yvo de Boer (The Netherlands)

 

WORKING GROUP I


BIOSAFETY CLEARING HOUSE:

 


Above photos L-R: The WG-I dais with Chair Ivars, Kirsty Galloway Mclean (CBD) and Ryan Hill (CBD); MEXICO and the EU debated reference to countries that are centres of origin.

 

RISK ASSESSMENT AND RISK MANAGEMENT:

 

 


JAPAN asked to examine the AHTEG terms of reference provided by the EU, concerned they may influence discussions on a permanent subsidiary body.
Above photo: Mitsuhiko Shinomiya (Japan)


The BAHAMAS supported an EU proposal to convene an ad hoc technical expert group (AHTEG) on risk assessment prior to COP/MOP-3.
Above photo: N.M. Selim (The Bahamas)

 

 

 

WORKING GROUP II


NOTIFICATION:

 

 


ARGENTINA noted that language on notification regarding transit contradicts the AIA procedure, which does not apply to LMOs in transit. Above photo: Jorge Riaboi (Argentina)


WG-II Chair Santos (center) presented a revised CRP on options for implementing Article 8 (Notification), including bracketed language on the rights of a Party of transit.

 

 

CAPACITY BUILDING:

 

 

 

 


On capacity-building needs and priorities and measures to address them, ZAMBIA called for assistance to conduct independent research. 
Above photo: Mwananyanda Mbikusita Lewanika


ALGERIA emphasized assistance in policy formulation and regulation development. Above photo: Kouri Fateh (Algeria)

 

 

PUBLIC AWARENESS AND PARTICIPATION:

 

 

 


Regarding an invitation to Parties to explore and maximize cooperation with the Aarhus Convention, BRAZIL, suggested inviting cooperation through the frameworks provided by related national and international instruments, in particular the Aarhus Convention. Above photo: Hadil Fontes Da Rocha Vianna (Brazil) with Brazilian delegates.


SOUTH AFRICA suggested reminding Parties to inform the BCH about public awareness programmes.

 

 

CONTACT GROUP: 

 

 

 

In the evening, the contact group resumed deliberations based on a proposal to clearly state that the shipment contains LMOs, and, when the shipment contains a mixture of LMO-FFPs, clearly state that the shipment contains LMOs that may include one or more of a list of LMOs.

Delegates agreed on ensuring the use of a commercial invoice, or an annex to a commercial invoice, or a stand-alone document, or other document required or utilized by existing documentation systems, or documentation as required by domestic regulatory frameworks. Delegates continued negotiating until midnight.

 

 


Above photos L-R: Participants listening intently to the contact group discussions; Contact Group Co-Chairs Khansari (Iran) and Pythoud (Switzerland)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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