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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 Monday, 12 May 2008



The fourth 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 4) opened in Bonn, Germany on Monday, 12 May. In the morning plenary, delegates heard opening statements and reports on the compliance committee, the financial mechanism, the budget and liability and redress. In the afternoon delegates convened in two working groups (WGs). WG I considered the compliance committee, handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMO), and socio economic concerns. WG II addressed the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH), capacity building, and the Biosafety Roster of Experts. A contact group on liability and redress met at lunchtime and in the evening.

Above photo: View of the opening plenary, presided by Ambassador Raymundo Santos Rocha Magno on behalf of Minister Marina Silva, Ministry of Environment, Brazil


OPENING PLENARY:

Raymundo Santos Rocha Magno, on behalf of Marina Silva, Brazil’s minister of the environment, welcomed delegates and underscored COP/MOP 4 as an opportunity for reaching agreement on the rules and procedures for liability and redress.

Ursula Heinen, Parliamentary State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, highlighted threats to agro biodiversity, and described the Protocol as historic step towards the sustainable use of modern biotechnology.

Speaking on behalf of UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, Maryam Niamir-Fuller (UNEP) detailed technical and financial assistance provided by UNEP to developing countries to implement biosafety frameworks, and outlined GEF funding available under its biosafety programme.
Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary, highlighted the progress made by the Friends of the Chair group on liability and redress which preceded COP/MOP4. He urged parties to focus on reaching agreement on this agenda item by Friday.

Joachim Flasbarth, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, stated that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a political priority because of their wide use.
Alexander Schink, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment and Conservation, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), described NRW’s policies on protected areas and for reducing the impact of economic development.

Veit Koester, Denmark presented the compliance committee report.
Jimena Nieto, Co-Chair of the Ad hoc Open-ended Working Group on Liability and Redress presented the Working Group’s final report.
Jaime Cavelier, Global Environment Facility (GEF), reported on the implementation of the strategy to support activities for building capacities for the effective implementation of the Protocol.

WORKING GROUP I

COMPLIANCE:

Above photo: WG I Chair Beate Berglund Ekeberg ( Norway )
Cameroon, for the AFRICAN GROUP, called for a substantial increase in GEF funding. 
Above photo: Mary Fosi Mbantenkhu (Cameroon)

HTPI:

Pointing to work of other international fora, the EU, COLOMBIA , BRAZIL and NEW ZEALAND opposed the establishment of an AHTEG. Above photo L-R: Carolyn Hini and Warren Waetford (New Zealand)
The GLOBAL INDUSTRY COALITION preferred using existing documentation, cautioning that separate documentation would be costly and cause delays. Above photo: Esmeralda Prat (Global Industry Coalition)

WORKING GROUP II

CAPACITY BUILDING:

Uganda , on behalf of the AFRICAN GROUP, called for the integration of biosafety into broader sustainable development strategies and donor programmes. 
Above photo:  David Hafashimana (Uganda)
Above photo: WG II Chair Reynaldo Alvarez Morales (Mexico)

CONTACT GROUP


LIABILITY AND REDRESS:

Delegates agreed to start their deliberations with the choice of instrument, noting that this is the most controversial issue that will also inform choices in other substantive sections.
Above photos: Contact Group on Liability and Redress met at lunchtime and into the evening.  

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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
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