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Fri 16 & Summary





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

12-16 May 2008| Bonn, Germany

Highlights for Friday, 16 May 2008



COP/MOP 4 mandates process towards adopting a legally binding regime on liability and redress.

The closing plenary convened at 3:00 pm, with the working group (WG) and contact group (CG) Chairs reporting on the outcomes of their decisions, respectively. Delegates resolved outstanding bracketed text in decisions on standards and identification regarding handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs), and on socioeconomic considerations; and adopted most decisions by the WG and CG Chairs, including a decision on liability and redress. Plenary was adjourned at 4:30 pm to allow for informal consultations to resolve outstanding issues in decisions on: subsidiary bodies, public awareness, education and participation, and assessment and review. Plenary reconvened at 7:00 pm to adopt outstanding decisions of WG II and the budget.

Above photo: President Wolfgang Koehler gaveled the meeting to a close at 8:23 pm.


CLOSING PLENARY:


WG I Chair Beata Ekeberg (Norway) reported on the decisions of the working group.

WG II Chair Reynaldo Alvarez Morales (Mexico) reported on the decisions of the working group.

Co-Chair Jimena Nieto (Colombia) reported on the decision of the Contact Group on Liability and Redress.

 

Budget group Chair Sem Shikongo (Namibia) reported on the work of the budget group. He said that the decision to draw on the Protocol’s reserve allowed adopting a budget without increasing countries’ assessed contributions.

 


MALAYSIA offered to host one of the meetings of the Friends of the Chair Group on Liability and Redress.

Above photo: Datuk Fatimah Raya Nasron (Malaysia)
MEXICO also offered to host one of the  meetings of the Friends of the Chair Group on Liability and Redress.

Above photo: Sandra Herrera (Mexico)
JAPAN offered financial support for the meetings of the Friends of the Chair Group on Liability and Redress. 

Above photo: Nobuyuki Kikuchi (Japan)

The decisions, as amended, were all adopted and the report of the meeting was adopted with corrections. COP/MOP 4 rapporteur Deon Alexander Stewart (Bahamas) reported on the proceedings.
CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf congratulated the parties, noting that all items on the agenda were addressed, and paid tribute to the Chairs and Co-Chairs of working groups and contact groups. He thanked the government of Germany, the interpreters and local staff for their support of the conference.

 


JAPAN also congratulated parties for the success of the conference, applauded Germany for hosting the meeting, and announced its offer to host the next COP-MOP in Nagoya. 

Above photo: Yasuriro Hamura (Japan)
GREENPEACE INTERNATIONAL thanked the Co-Chairs for their work on liability and address, and encouraged parties to follow the example of the like-minded group for its support of a binding instrument.

Above photo: Duncan Currie (Greenpeace International)
CONTACT GROUP
LIABILITY AND REDRESS:

The Contact Group on Liability and Redress ended their deliberations and formed the a Friends of the Chair Group on Liability and Redress.
Co-Chairs Rene Lefeber (Netherlands) and Jimena Nieto (Colombia) waved goodbye for a successful conclusion to the Contact Group on  Liability and Redress.

Gurdial Singh (Malaysia), thanked the Co-Chairs for their work and signify to the group on Malaysia's intention to host one of the meeting of the  Friends of the Chair Group on Liability and Redress.
Elmo Thomas (Namibia) and Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher (Ethiopia)
COP/MOP 4 SNAPSHOTS:

Cheng Weixue (China)
Co-Chair Lefeber is congratulated by his wife after the conclusion of the Contact Group on Liability and Redress.
Nenenteiti Teariki-Ruata (Kiribati)

Lim Li Ching and Lim Li Lin (Third World Network) communicating with virtual delegate Alisha via web cam.
Damiano Luchetti (Italy) communicating with virtual delegates back in Rome, Italy.
Henrietta Marie (The Christensen Fund) and Kirsty Galloway Mclean (UNU/IAS)

Marie Khan, CBD
Damaso Luna (Mexico) with other delegates from Mexico.
Dubravka Stepic (Croatia)

Michael DeShield (Belize) 
Michael Andrew (Saint Lucia) with Iman Keira (CBD) and Nader Ibrahim (MKI Travel)
Karma Nyedrup (Bhutan) and Mary Fosi Mbantenkhu (Cameroon)

Recipients of the UNEP/GEF Award for the Development of National Biosafety Frameworks (NBF) with Jaime Cavelier (GEF) and Maryam Namir-Fuller (DGEF).

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Related Links
CBD Secretariat
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Web page
CBD COP/MOP4 official website
COP/MOP4 Meeting Documents
Summary of major issues
International Day for Biological Diversity
Global Biodiversity Outlook
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 
Countdown 2010 initiative 

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IISD RS coverage of the COP/MOP-2, 30 May - 3 June 2005, Montréal, Canada
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IISD RS coverage of the Fifth meeting of the AHOE-WG of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 12-19 March 2008, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
IISD RS coverage of the Fourth meeting of the AHOE-WG of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 22-26 October 2007, Montréal, Canada
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IISD RS coverage of the Second meeting of the AHOE-WG of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 20-24 February 2006, Montréal, Canada
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