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Second Meeting of the Group of the Friends of the Co-Chairs on Liability and Redress in the Context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

8-12 February 2010 | Putrajaya, Malaysia

Summary of the MeetingCBD

On Friday, delegates met throughout the day and evening in the small group negotiations. The closing plenary convened at 1:00 am on Saturday morning. Delegates adopted the meeting’s report after making several amendments, including an adjustment of the number of advisors admitted to the next meeting of the Friends of the Co-Chairs, which will take place in Montreal from 17-19 June, 2010. Co-Chair Lefeber gaveled the meeting to close at 2:20 am.

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9 February - 10 February - 11 February - 12 February
Friday, 12 February
Co-Chairs Jimena Nieto and René Lefeber, with Worku Damena Yifr and Kathryn Garforth, CBD Secretariat, finalizing the text
Tewolde Egziabher, Ethiopia, and Gurdial Singh Nijar, Malaysia, at the conclusion of the negotiations
Delegates considered, but rejected, the above proposal during their negotiations
Co-Chairs Jimena Nieto and René Lefeber with the Malaysian delegation
EU delegates consulting
 

African countries during the negotiations.

GRULAC members consulting outside the meeting room

 

A view of the room during the negotiations

Thursday, 11 February
 

On Thursday, the Friends of the Co-Chairs met behind closed doors throughout the day and into the night to negotiate a provision on civil liability in the context of a supplementary protocol on liability and redress under the Cartegena Protocol on Biosafety.

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Co-Chairs Jimena Nieto and René Lefeber, and Worku Damena Yifr, CBD Secretariat, during the closed door negotiations
Pedro Andrade, Brazil, and Gurdial Singh Nijar, Malaysia
Johannes Gnann, ENB, and Duncan Currie, Greenpeace
 
Gurdial Singh Nijar, Malaysia, discusses the text on civil liability with NGOs
The Japanese delegation consulting

A view of the room where the small group on civil liability met throughout the day

 
Wednesday, 10 February
 

On Wednesday morning, delegates discussed a clause on review of the supplementary protocol on liability and redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. They also discussed other elements of a draft COP/MOP decision on liability and redress, including guidelines on civil liability approaches and supplementary compensation measures. In the afternoon and evening, delegates engaged in a second reading of the draft supplementary protocol beginning with definitions, scope and limitations.

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Co-Chairs Jimena Nieto and René Lefeber consulting on the way forward regarding the guidelines
 

A view of the room during the side event

 

An evening view of Putrajaya from the conference center
Tuesday, 9 February

On Tuesday, delegates continued negotiations on a supplementary protocol on liability and redress in the context of the Cartegena Protocol on Biosafety, focusing on domestic response measures, exemptions and limitations, and financial security. In the evening, the meeting considered a legally binding clause on civil liability in the field of damage resulting from transboundary movements of living modified organisms (LMOs).

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GRULAC countries consulting

 
Gurdial Singh Nijar, Malaysia, and Duncan Currie, Greenpeace
 
  A view of the room during the side event on The "Compact": A Voluntary Private Sector System for Redressing Damage to Biological Diversity (organized by CropLife International)
Monday, 8 February

Delegates met throughout the day and in the evening to continue negotiations on a supplementary protocol on liability and redress, including title, preamble, objective, definitions, scope, limitations and the primary compensation scheme.

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Gurdial Singh Nijar, Malaysia, addresses delegates during the welcoming dinner

Worku Damena Yifru, CBD Secretariat, introduces the documents
Charles Gbedemah, CBD Secretariat, addresses delegates

Matthias Buck, European Union (second from left)

 
Related Links

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) resources
Meeting webpage
Provisional agenda
Annotated provisional agenda
Draft supplementary protocol text
Global Biodiversity Outlook

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety website

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