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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 Wednesday, 14 May 2008



COP/MOP 4 delegates met in working groups (WG) and contact group sessions throughout the day. WG I considered draft decisions on compliance, and on handling, packaging, transport and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs). WG II considered draft decisions on the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH), capacity building, and risk assessment and risk management. The contact groups on liability and redress and budget met throughout the day. 


Above photo: Contact Group on Liability and Redress negotiating text.


WORKING GROUP I:
HTPI
Standards:

The EU, proposed a new operational paragraph to invite parties and other governments to provide the Executive Secretary with guiding questions for an online conference; this proposal was adopted.

Above photo: Matthias Buck (EU)

MALAYSIA, proposed a revision of the first operational paragraph to request the Executive Secretary to make a compilation on gaps available to parties prior to COP/MOP 5, but it was not adopted.

Above photo: K. Nagulendran (Malaysia)

Sampling and detection:

Delegates considered a draft decision on sampling and detection. They remained divided on a proposal by ETHIOPIA to reference field trials, and a compromise proposal by EGYPT to reference cases in which LMOs are “intended for future placing on the market,” in a preambular paragraph on the importance of reference materials.

Above photo L-R: Jean Bruno Mikissa (Gabon), Francis Ogwal (Uganda) and Osama Mohammed el Tayeb (Egypt)

ETHIOPIA called for text requesting “parties and governments of those in possession of reference materials” to provide access for agencies that may need such materials for the purpose of detecting LMOs.

Above photo: Girma Balcha (Ethiopia)


WORKING GROUP II

BIOSAFETY CLEARING HOUSE:

NEW ZEALAND proposed the deletion of a paragraph requesting the Executive Secretary to improve electronic tools.

Above photo: Simon Rae (New Zealand)
QATAR supported the extension of the UNEP-GEF BCH project. 

Above photo: Mohammed Saif Al-Kuwari (Qatar)

Above photo L-R: WG 2 dais chaired by Reynaldo Alvarez Morales (Mexico)(center) and supported by CBD Secretariat staff Giovanni Ferraiolo, Erie Tamale and Philippe Leblond 

CAPACITY BUILDING:

Chair Morales noted that funding items involving GEF requests will be compiled by the Secretariat into a separate document, based on the decisions adopted in the working groups.
BRAZIL supported a proposal by NEW ZEALAND to develop a shorter list and consolidating decision text on indicators for capacity building.

Above photo: Adriana Tescari and Pedro Andrade (Brazil)

CONTACT GROUP

LIABILITY AND REDRESS:

Co-Chair Lefeber tabled a draft COP/MOP decision on international rules and procedures in the field of liability and redress. 

Above photo: Contact Group on Liability and Redress Co-Chairs Rene Lefeber (Netherlands) and Jimena Nieto (Colombia)
Above photo: View of the evening session of the Contact Group on Liability and Redress. 

BUDGET:

In the morning, the budget group considered a detailed version of the EC’s proposal for a core budget funded in part through contributions from the cumulative reserve, including projected implications for parties’ assessed contributions towards the Protocol’s core budget.

Above photo: View of the morning session on the contact Group on Budget.
Above photo L-R: The dais during the Contact Group on Budget with Ide Ahmed (CBD), Victor Ogbuneke (CBD), Michele Rattray (CBD), Chair Sem Shikongo (Namibia) and Charles Gbedemah (CBD)

COP/MOP 4 SNAPSHOTS:

ENB READERS of the DAY

Eunjin Kim, Friends of the Earth International
Galo Jarrin, Ecuador
Che de Jesus, SEARICE

Wilhelmina Pelegrina, SEARICE
Delegates from Indonesia
Hyen-mi Chung, Republic of Korea



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Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Web page
CBD COP/MOP4 official website
COP/MOP4 Meeting Documents
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