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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 Thursday, 26 February 2009

Delegates to the first meeting of the Friends of the Co-Chairs on Liability and Redress met throughout the day and in the evening to consider a draft supplementary protocol compiled by the Co-Chairs based on comments made during the first reading of proposed operational texts. Delegates discussed the supplementary protocol’s scope, including functional and geographical scope and limitations in time, and the definitions of damage, response measures, restoration, imminent threat, and significant adverse effects. Informal consultations were held in the evening to reach agreement on the definitions of response measures and imminent threat of damage.

During the evening, the delegates meet in an internal informal group to discuss the definition of limitation in time.


A second group worked in the evening session on definitions of imminent threat of damage and response measures.

Lenia Arce Hernández, Cuba
Gerard van Bohemen, New Zealand
Maria de Lourdes Torres, Ecuador

Gurdial Singh Nijar, Malaysia and Luther Rangreji, India

Giannina Santiago Cabarcas, Colombia
Hugo Schally, European Community and
Wolfgang Köhler, Germany

Reynaldo Ariel Alvarez Morales, Mexico and Hugo Schally, European Community
The Co-Chairs discuss with the Secretariat and delegates during a break.

Arlene Villalaz Caneira, Panama
 
Jürg Bally, Switzerland (middle)

Pedro Cabral de Andrade, Brazil discusses with Brazilian delegates.

Around the conference

Wolfgang Köhler, Germany and Co-Chair René Lefeber (the Netherlands)
Arnaud Apoteker and Duncan Currie, Greenpeace representatives

Sculpture at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mexican flag flying at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Conference organizers

Renata Foltran, ENB Logistic Coordinator, Brazil and Eréndira García, ENB Writer, Mexico

Daily web coverage
23 February - 24 February - 25 February - 26 February
- 27 February


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

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