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7th CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (COP-7)

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 9-20 February 2004

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Highlights for Monday 9 February 2004

The Seventh Conference of the Parties (COP-7) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on Monday, 9 February at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Participants will consider a range of priority issues, including: mountain biodiversity; protected areas; the implementation of the target to reduce significantly the current rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, which was adopted at COP-6 and endorsed by the WSSD; technology transfer and technology cooperation; and access and benefit sharing. Participants will also discuss the budget for 2005-2006, financial resources and mechanism, and guidelines for the third national report. It is expected that work on these, and other issues, will be split between two working groups. Above photo: Bird's eye view of the plenary with David Suzuki featured in the monitors.


Plenary : Opening Statements 


Hans Hoogeveen (the Netherlands) (above left), COP-6 President, opened the meeting and presented
Dato’ Seri Law Hieng Ding with a ceremonial gavel.
Above photo: Dato’ Seri Law Hieng Ding, Malaysia’s Minister of Science, Technology and the Environment, welcomed delegates in Malaysia, outlined developments in relevant domestic legislation and launched a series of commemorative stamps. 


(to follow) Above photo: Hamdallah Zedan, CBD Executive Secretary, encouraged the COP to address the 2010 target by focusing on implementation, strategic partnerships, financial resources and support.

Klaus Töpfer, UNEP Executive Director, (above) highlighted the importance of COP-7 in taking stock of the Convention’s achieve­ments since its entry into force.


Above photo: David Suzuki said that we lack knowledge about the inventory of our eco-systems and therefore should not try to introduce new technologies such as GMOs without knowing about their environmental impact.


Above photo: Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egzhiaber (Ethiopia)

Above photo (L-R): Soledad Aguilar and Diego Malpede, delegates from Argentina



  Above photo: Emile Frison, International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, notes that urbanization and globalization of trade lead to a less diverse, energy rich diet.

  The International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) outlined its opposition to the proposed international regime on ABS and international systems of registration of biodiversity and traditional knowledge.

  Setijati Sastrpadja, reported on the 19th session on The Global Biodiversity Forum  


  Alfred Oteng-Yeboah (Ghana)(above)  presented the SBSTTA-9 report (UNEP/CBD/COP/7/4), noting the meeting’s recommendations, including on mountain biodiversity, PAs, technology transfer and cooperation, and the ecosystem approach.




  COP-6 President Hoogeveen (above) reported on WSSD outcomes and introduced the reports on the Inter-Sessional Meeting on MYPOW, the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on ABS, and the third meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on the Implementation of Article 8(j) and Related Provisions.

  SBSTTA-8 Chair Jan Plesník (Czech Republic) introduced the SBSTTA-8 report (UNEP/CBD/COP/7/3), highlighting a recommendation regarding MYPOW to focus future activities of the Convention on existing work programmes, rather than consider new items.



 
A
bove photo: Jane Robertson, UNESCO, highlights UNESCO’s biodiversity-related initiatives, including the World Heritage Convention and the Man and Biosphere Programme


Above photo: Peter Bridgewater, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, stresses the role of the Ramsar Converntion to address water-related issues.

Links


ENB Coverage and Summary (HTML, PDF, TEXT) of CBD COP-6
ENB Coverage and Summary (HTML, PDF, TEXT) of ICCP-3
ENB archives of CBD meetings
CBD web site
CBD COP-7 official meeting documents 
ENB Coverage and Summary (HTML, PDF, TEXT) of SBSTTA-9
ENB Coverage and Summary (HTML, PDF, TEXT) of ABS-WG2  
ENB Coverage and Summary (HTML, PDF, TEXT) of Article 8(j)-WG3
Global Biodiversity Forum web site  
CBD PRESS Room


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