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Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

18-29 October 2010 | Nagoya, Japan
 
Highlights for Monday, 18 October 2010
 
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CBD COP 10
Conference local staff wearing their kimonos, a traditional Japanese dress.
 
The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 10) opened today in Nagoya, Japan. The morning plenary heard opening remarks and addressed organizational issues. In the afternoon, Working Group I (WG I) considered inland waters, mountain biodiversity, and marine and coastal biodiversity. WG II addressed: progress toward the 2010 biodiversity target and the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO); and the revised strategic plan, biodiversity target and indicators. The Informal Consultative Group on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) met briefly and allowed for small group negotiations on compliance.
 
OPENING PLENARY:
 
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Delegates witnessed a performance of traditional arts, with Yoko Deva playing the Shinobue (Japanese flute) and the Kakashi-za group in Tekage-e (shadow play).

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Dais during the opening plenary of COP 10.

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L-R: Ryu Matsumoto, Environment Minister, Japan, receives the gavel from Jochen Flasbarth, Germany, on behalf of the COP 9 Presidency as a symbol of handing over the COP Presidency to Japan.

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Jochen Flasbarth, Germany, on behalf of the COP 9 Presidency, declared the meeting open and thanked the people and the government of Japan for their hospitality.

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COP 10 President Matsumoto highlighted this was a critical time for measures to protect biodiversity, and called for realistic new global targets, and for the establishment of an international ABS regime.

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Masaaki Kanda, Governor of the Prefecture of Aichi, welcomed delegates to the region which is a hub of transportation and manufacturing, including innovative environmental technologies, and a production centre for agriculture and fisheries.

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Takashi Kawamura, Mayor of the City of Nagoya, stressed the important role of municipalities and citizens in living in harmony with nature, as well as the negative effects of urban development on biodiversity.

 

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Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, emphasized that COP 10 can become a source of inspiration for successful multilateralism, stressing the need to adopt an international instrument on ABS to ensure the credibility of the Convention.

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Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary, termed COP 10 the most important meeting on biodiversity in UN history, in light of the relevance of the strategic plan, its vision for 2050 and the ABS protocol.

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The dais then dealt with organizational matters.

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ABS Working Group Co-Chairs Fernando Casas, Colombia, and Timothy Hodges, Canada, reported on the ABS negotiations.

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Acting COP/MOP 5 President Hidenori Murakami, Japan, presented the report of the Biosafety Protocol COP/MOP 5.

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View of the opening plenary.

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Misia, Japanese singer and Honorary Ambassador of COP 10, performed the theme song of the conference during the opening plenary.

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WORKING GROUP I:
 
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L-R: Chair of WG I Cosima Hufler, Austria, with Jihyun Lee and Jacqueline Grekin,
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Moustafa Fouda, Egypt

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Dany Chheang, Cambodia

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Houssein Rirache, Djibouti

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L-R: WG II dais with Ravi Sharma, CBD Secretariat; WG II Chair Damaso Luna, Mexico; Robert Höft, CBD Secretariat and Kieran Noonan Mooney, CBD Secretariat

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Kangayatkarasu Nagulendran, Malaysia

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Lena Chan, Singapore

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Soumayila Bancé, Burkina Faso

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View of the small group on compliance under the informal consultative group on ABS.

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Related Links
CBD resources
*CBD website
*CBD COP 10 website
*CBD COP 10 agenda
*CBD COP 10 annotated agenda
*Draft decisions for CBD COP 10
*CBD COP 10 documents
*CBD COP 10 side event website

Host Government Information resource
*COP 10 website

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at CBD COP 10, 18-29 October 2010, Nagoya, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of the Fifth Meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties Serving as the Meeting of the Meeting of the Parties of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 5), 11-15 October 2010, Nagoya, Japan
*IISD RS briefing note of the Interregional Negotiating Group of the Ad-hoc Open Ended Working Group of Access and Benefit-Sharing, 18-21 September 2010, Montréal, Canada (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Resumed Ninth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit‑sharing of the Convention on Biological Diversity, 10-16 July 2010, Montréal, Canada
*IISD RS coverage of the Third Meeting of the CBD Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention (WGRI), 24-28 May 2010, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

*IISD RS coverage of the Fourteenth Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the CBD, 10-21 May 2010, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of the Sixth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions (Article 8(j) WG 6) of the CBD, 2-6 November 2009, Montréal, Canada
*IISD RS coverage of CBD COP 9, 19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at CBD COP 9, 19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS coverage of CBD COP 8, 20-31 March 2006, Curitiba, Brazil
*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at CBD COP 8, 20-31 March 2006, Curitiba, Brazil
*IISD RS biodiversity and wildlife page
*Biodiversity-L - A mailing list for news on biodiversity and wildlife policy
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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