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First Meeting of the Friends of the Co-Chairs on Liability and Redress under the Cartagena
Protocol on Biosafety

23-27 February 2009 | Mexico City, Mexico
Highlights for Monday, 23 February 2009
The First Meeting of the Friends of the Co-Chairs on Liability and Redress under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety opened Monday 23 February, 2009 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City, Mexico. The meeting will continue to further negotiate international rules and procedures on liability and redress for damage resulting from transboundary movements of living modified organisms (LMOs) in the context of the Protocol, based on the proposed operational texts on liability and redress, annexed to decision BS-IV/12 (Liability and Redress) adopted at the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP4).

Delegates addressed organizational matters, discussed the nature of the international regime on liability and redress, and considered operational text for a legally binding administrative approach, including scope, limitations and the definition of damage.

Juan Manuel Gómez Robledo, Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Mexico, and Sandra Denisse Herrera Flores, Undersecretary of Environmental Legislation, Mexican Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources
Reynaldo Ariel Alvarez Morales, Executive Secretary, Inter-Secretarial Commission on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (CIBIOGEM), and Co-Chair Jimena Nieto (Colombia)

Juan Manuel Gómez Robledo, Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Mexico
Reynaldo Ariel Alvarez Morales,Executive Secretary, CIBIOGEM
Charles Gbedemah, CDB Secretariat

Fernando Coimbra, Brazil
Arlene Villalaz Caneira, Panama
Jürg Bally, Switzerland
Gurdial Singh Nijar, Malaysia
Tewolde Egziabher, Ethiopia

Giannina Santiago Cabarcas, Colombia
Birthe Ivars, Norway

Luther Rangreji, India
Gerard van Bohemen, New Zealand
Delegates from Paraguay confer.

Lenia Arce Hernández, Cuba
Hugo Schally, European Community

 

Around the conference
Charles Gbedemah, CBD Secretariat, and Co-Chair René Lefeber (the Netherlands)
Co-Chair Jimena Nieto (Colombia) is interviewed.


Greenpeace expressed its concerns paraphrasing Benito Juarez: Is original words "The respect for the others' rights is peace" into " The respect to Mexican maize is peace".




Related Links
CBD Secretariat
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety website
Meeting documents
Provisional Agenda
Annotated Provisional Agenda

IISD RS resources
IISD RS coverage of the Fourth 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 4), 12-16 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
IISD RS coverage of COP-MOP 3, 13-17 March 2006, Curitiba, Brazil
IISD RS coverage of COP-MOP 2, 30 May - 3 June 2005, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of COP-MOP 1, 23-27 February 2004, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
IISD RS coverage of the fifth meeting of the Ad hoc Open-ended Working Group of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (WGLR 5), 12-19 March 2008, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
IISD RS coverage of WGLR 4, 22-26 October 2007, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of WGLR 3, 19-23 February 2007, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of WGLR 2, 20-24 February 2006, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of WGLR 1, 25-27 May 2005, Montréal, Canada
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