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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 Tuesday, 13 May 2008



COP/MOP 4 delegates met in working group and contact group sessions all day. Working Group (WG) I continued discussing socioeconomic considerations and addressed notification requirements. WG II considered risk assessment and risk management, subsidiary bodies, financial mechanisms and resources, public awareness and participation, assessment and review, and monitoring and reporting. The budget group met in the morning and afternoon and the contact group on liability and redress met at lunchtime and in the evening.

Above photo: View of the Contact Group on Budget.


WORKING GROUP I:
SOCIOECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS:

SOUTH AFRICA called for guidance for assessing socioeconomic impacts.
Above photo: Maria Mbengashe (South Africa)

BOLIVIA stressed the need to take into account impacts on human health, indigenous peoples and traditional knowledge.
Above photo: Georgina Catacora Vargas (Bolivia)

NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

MALAYSIA supported establishing a subsidiary body which should also address notification requirements.
Above photo: Datuk Fatima Raya Nasron (Malaysia)
The PHILIPPINES called for clarifying responsibilities regarding prior risk assessments by exporting countries.
Above photo L-R: Reynaldo Ebora and Ambassador Delia Domingo-Albert (Philippines)


WORKING GROUP II

RISK ASSESSMENT AND RISK MANAGEMENT:

EL SALVADOR supported organizing more regional workshops and training.
Above photo: Jorge Ernesto Quezada Diaz (El Salvador)
CANADA suggested improving guidance and information on risk assessment and risk management.
Above photo L-R: Paul Bailey and Rachel Geddy

CODEX ALIMENTARIUS encouraged the wide use of its standards to ensure fair standards for human health. 
Above photo: Noriko Iseki (Codex Alimentarius)
The AFRICAN GROUP called for enhanced capacity building to enable the use of existing resources relating to risk assessment and management. 
Above photo: David Hafashimana (Uganda) in consultaion with Hartmut Meyer (Germany)
IPPC emphasized the need to increase awareness of its standards and demonstrate their relevance at the national and international level.
Above photo: Brent Larson (IPPC)

CONTACT GROUP

LIABILITY AND REDRESS:

Above photo: View of the packed room at the Contact Group on Liability and Redress
Above photo L-R: Co-Chairs Rene Lefeber (Netherlands) and Jimena Nieto (Colombia) with support from Kathryn Garforth (CBD) and Lyle Glowka (CBD)

BUDGET:

Budget Group Chair Sem Shikongo ( Namibia ) (center) invited delegates to comment on an indicative list of budget implications of the decisions discussed in the working groups, to be presented in plenary on Wednesday.
Above photo L-R: Michele Rattray (CBD), Chair Sem Shikongo (Namibia) and Charles Gbedemah (CBD)
Above photo: View of the afternoon session of the Contact Group on Budget.

COP/MOP 4 SNAPSHOTS:






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COP/MOP4 Meeting Documents
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