to the second Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (ICCP-2) met in two Working Groups
throughout the day. Working Group I (WG-I) discussed: information
sharing; handling, transport, packaging and identification; monitoring
and reporting; and other issues necessary for the Protocol’s
implementation. Working Group II discussed capacity building, guidance
to the financial mechanism,
decision-making procedures, and liability and redress. Regarding the
organization of work, the ICCP Bureau decided that WG-I would consider
monitoring and reporting, and WG-II would address guidance to the
financial mechanism and compliance. Additionally, Veit Koester
(Denmark) and ICCP Chair Amb. Philémon Yang (Cameroon) would conduct
informal consultations on rules of procedure and the Secretariat
respectively prior to further decision by the Bureau.
Above photo: The morning dias of Working Group I
chaired by François Pythoud (Switzerland)
Secretariat summarized the technical review of the BCH’s pilot phase
(UNEP/CBD/ICCP/2/9/Add.1). Many delegates expressed general
satisfaction with progress made. Developing countries stressed the
need for capacity building, including hardware and software supply,
financing, training and public awareness.
ARGENTINA, JAMAICA, PANAMA, PERU and URUGUAY also called for needs
assessments, and regional and sub-regional information-sharing
activities. Left photo (L-R): Delegates from Panama and Peru
INDIA (right) requested a CD-ROM version of the BCH to be
distributed to Parties.
The US (left) urged developing countries to use the BCH tool-kit
to assess capacities and prioritize needs.
TRANSPORT, PACKAGING AND IDENTIFICATION:
Delegates addressed recommendations from the background
document (UNEP/CBD/ICCP/2/12) and the report of the Experts’ meeting
(UNEP/CBD/ICCP/2/12/Corr.1). Most supported use of existing
documentation systems while developing a new international system to
meet requirements of Article 18.2(b) on contained use and 18.2(c) on
EU (left) noted that an eventual new system could identify and bridge gaps in
stated that documentation should be simple, uniform and contain all
necessary information to make decisions.
The REBUBLIC OF KOREA (right) noted that LMO-FFPs need
special handling for storage and processing to prevent release into
ARGENTINA (left) called for financing to enable developing countries to produce
ISSUES NECESSARY FOR THE PROTOCOL’S IMPLEMENTATION:
The Secretariat recalled
items from Monday’s discussion, including: clarification on
categorization of LMOs; non-Parties; the nature and extent of
responsibilities of exporting Parties as to notification;
socio-economic considerations; risk management and assessment;
guidance on monitoring and reporting; and cooperation between
activities of the Protocol and work of the Interim Committee on
Phytosanitary Measures (ICPM) of the International Plant Protection
Secretariat introduced documents UNEP/CBD/ICCP/2/10 and Add.1. Most
delegates supported the draft Action Plan for Capacity Building, the
Implementation Tool-kit and the Sequence of Actions.
TO THE FINANCIAL MECHANISM:
Secretariat introduced document UNEP/CBD/ICCP/2/5. The EU supported
the background document’s recommendations and requested that the CBD
Executive Secretary compile a list of related capacity-building
activities to avoid duplication of efforts. Regarding a recommendation
on assessing the financial needs of implementing the Protocol from
2002-2006 based on developing country submissions, ARGENTINA and CUBA
(left) called for a timetable for submissions.
Secretariat introduced, and many delegates supported, document UNEP/CBD/ICCP/2/11.
The SEYCHELLES (left) noted some countries’ inability in building
standing national capacity for decision-making.
The Secretariat introduced document UNEP/CBD/ICCP/2/3. Chair
Salamat (second from left) urged delegates to focus on the process for
elaborating a liability regime.
CANADA (left) and the EU also expressed commitment to the four-year timeframe to
finalize the liability and redress regime, whereas AUSTRALIA and JAPAN
noted that the limit is only indicative.
hosted by UNEP and GEF Promoting THE GLOBAL PROJECT ON THE
development of National Biosafety Frameworks
Left photo: The dias during the
UNEP-GEF luncheon hosted by Klaus Töpfer (center) with (L-R)
Christopher Briggs, Ahmed Djoglaf, Philemon Yang and Hamdallah Zedan
from the RECEPTION:
The CBD and UNEP hosted
a reception where delegates and staff of enjoyed great food and
entertainment after a full day of work.
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