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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 Thursday, 15 May 2008



COP/MOP 4 delegates convened in plenary in the morning to review progress, and working groups (WG) and contact group sessions met throughout the day. WG I considered draft decisions on socioeconomic impacts and handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs); and adopted draft decisions on a number of other items. WG II considered a draft decision on risk assessment and risk management morning and evening sessions, with discussions on other items continuing into the night. The contact groups on liability and redress and the budget met throughout the day and in the evening.

Above photo L-R: Lyle Glowka (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary and President Wolfgang Koehler (Germany).


WORKING GROUP I:
PLENARY

A brief plenary convened in the morning to review progress.
Above photo:
Bird's eye view of the COP/MOP 4 plenary.

Budget committee Chair Sem Shikongo (Namibia) introduced the revised preliminary cost implications of draft decisions being considered by the WGs.

Liability and Redress contact group Co-Chair René Lefeber reported that the group is considering a “compromise in the making” but that issues still remain on the choice of instrument and placement of a civil liability provision.

 

JAPAN reaffirmed its commitment to the Protocol and expressed optimism about finding common ground in the bilateral negotiations on liability and redress. 

Above photo: Nobuyuki Kikuchi (Japan)

 


GREENPEACE INTERNATIONAL argued that the industry compact, proposed by six major agricultural biotechnology companies, is “worse than useless” owing, among other reasons, to its exclusions on damage, underscoring that the compact is not a viable alternative to a strong, legally binding regime with a backup fund, and urging countries to continue working on that basis.

Above photo: Duncan Currie (Greenpeace International)
The WASHINGTON BIOTECHNOLOGY ACTION COUNCIL, speaking for an NGO coalition, called on delegates not to allow the biotechnology industry to privatize public international law.

Above photo: Philip L. Bereano (Washington Biotechnology Action Council)
The PUBLIC RESEARCH AND REGULATION INITIATIVE (PRRI) called on delegates to support public research in biotechnology as one means to address the current food and development crises.

Above photo: Idah Sithole Niang (PRRI)

WORKING GROUP I

SOCIOECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS:

On recognizing divergent views and information regarding socioeconomic impacts, CHINA suggested specifying that information is insufficient and not credible, but withdrew the request upon clarification by the Secretariat on the process for information submission.

Above photo: Cong Wu (China)
BRAZIL requested deleting reference methods for research results in decision making.

Above photo L-R: Adriana Tescari and Pedro Andrade (Brazil)

 


HTPI
SAMPLING AND DETECTION:

Delegates considered a revised draft decision on sampling and detection. On a preambular paragraph noting the importance of reference materials, EGYPT called for reference to LMOs intended for future placement on the market, and delegates agreed to compromise text referencing “LMOs that are placed on the market.”

Above photo: Ossama
El-Tayeb (Egypt)

The EU suggested text encouraging parties to exchange information on national approaches concerning low level presence of LMOs in imports through the BCH.

Above photo: Matthias Buck (EU)

WORKING GROUP II

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

RISK ASSESSMENT AND RISK MANAGEMENT:

Uganda expressed preference for an open-ended working group on risk assessment and risk management with wide participation.

Above photo: David Hafashimana (Uganda)
The Philippines and others supported an AHTEG on risk assessment and risk management.

Above photo L-R: Baby Estacio (Philippines), Edgar Auxilian (Philippines), Flerida Carino (Philippines), Desiree Menancio Hautea (PRRI) and Ambassador Delia Domingo-Albert


COP/MOP 4 SNAPSHOTS:

Israel Pastor (Spain), Anna Russo (Italy), Damiano Luchetti (Italy) and Stefano Gomes (Italy)
Ingo Piegeler (UNEP/GEF) and David Duthie (UNEP/GEF)
Febby Andryananto, Indonesia

Wilhelmina Pelegrina, SEARICE
Delegates from Indonesia
Dominique Kayser, CBD

Charles Gbedemah, CBD
Lionel Michael (Antigua and Barbuda)
Delegates from Brazil

Vithet Srinetr (Thailand) and Vanida Khumnirdpetch (Thailand)
Joel Miles (Palau)
Lim Li Ching, Third World Network and Juan Lopez Villar, Friends of the Earth International

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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 

Links to IISD RS Resources

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IISD RS coverage of the Third Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CBD serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP-3), 13-17 March 2006, Curitiba, Brazil
IISD RS coverage of the COP/MOP-2, 30 May - 3 June 2005, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of the COP/MOP-1, 23-27 February 2004, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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
IISD RS summary report of the Third meeting of the AHOE-WG of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 19-23 February 2007, Montréal, Canada (HTML - PDF)
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
IISD RS coverage of the First meeting of the AHOE-WG of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 25-27 May 2005, Montréal, Canada
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