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Resumed Ninth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit‑sharing of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD Resumed ABS 9)

10-16 July 2010 | Montréal, Canada
 
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Friday, 16 July 2010

The resumed ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was held from 10-16 July 2010, in Montreal, Canada.

Negotiations in Montreal focused on the draft protocol tabled by the Working Group Co-Chairs in Cali and revised during that meeting (Cali Annex). Delegates conducted two readings of the text, in order to isolate and resolve outstanding issues and reach consensus on language, with the aim to finalize the protocol in time for its possible adoption at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10), to be held from 18-29 October 2010, in Nagoya, Japan.

The closing plenary convened at 4:30 pm. The Working Group adopted the report of the meeting and the draft protocol on ABS; and decided to hold another negotiating session before the COP, tentatively scheduled for September 2010, in Bangkok, Thailand. Following regional group statements and the customary exchange of courtesies, Working Group Co-Chair Tim Hodges (Canada) acknowledged the important role played by Earth Negotiations Bulletin in the process and suspended the meeting at 6:47 pm.

Above photo: Delegates from Canada, the EU and Brazil in a discussion with Co-Chairs Timothy Hodges (Canada) and Fernando Casas (Colombia).

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L-R: Marco D'Alessandro (Switzerland), Robert Lamb (Switzerland) and Matthias Buck (EU)

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Sem Shikongo, Namibia

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Constance Zama Dlamini, Swaziland

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Elpidio Peria, the Philippines

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L-R: Lactitia Tshililo Tshitwamulomoni (South Africa) and Duncan Mumba Musama (Zambia)

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L-R: CBD staff Junko Shimura, Marie Aminata Khan and David Coates.

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Delegates from the UK Clare Hamilton and Julian Jackson.

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L-R: Andreas Drews (Germany), Ben Phillips (Australia) Co-Chair Hodges (Canada) and Cosima Hufler (Austria).

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Thursday, 15 July 2010

Delegates met in the inter-regional negotiating group throughout the day and into the evening, to address benefit-sharing and access on the basis of the revised draft tabled on Tuesday, and the preamble on the basis of the Cali Annex. Informal groups met on compliance with mutually agreed terms (article 14) and on the concept of utilization in the context of benefit-sharing (article 4.2). A closed meeting of regional representatives was held in the afternoon.

Left photo: Regional representatives in a discussion with Co-Chair Fernando Casas (Colombia).


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Marco D'Alessandro, Switzerland

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Nancy Hamzawi, Canada

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Luther Rangreji, India

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L-R: Carlos Fonseca (Brazil), Santiago Pastor Soplin (Peru) and Ricardo Torres (Colombia)

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L-R: Clare Hamilton (UK), Anca Leroy (France), Tuomas Kuokkanen (Finland), and Johan Pettersson (Sweden).

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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Delegates met in the inter-regional negotiating group throughout the day and into the evening, to address compliance-related issues on the basis of the revised draft tabled on Tuesday.

Right photo: Participants to the inter-regional negotiating group







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L-R: Portugal's Marco Rebelo and Peter Pitrez

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Gurdial Singh, Malaysia, being interviewed.

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Prudence Tangham Galega, Cameroon

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Dayuan Xue, China

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Somaly Chan, Cambodia

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Tuesday, 13 July 2010

In the morning, delegates met in the inter-regional negotiating group to continue work on the draft protocol contained in the Cali Annex (UNEP/CBD/WG-ABS/9/3, Annex I), and in three informal groups to discuss compliance, derivatives and the relationship with other instruments. An afternoon plenary reviewed progress. In the evening, the inter-regional group worked on the basis of the revised text tabled in plenary, and addressed the relationship with other instruments and scope.

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View of the afternoon plenary session.




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Delegates from Norway Grethe Evjen, Tone Solhaug, Inger Holten and Birthe Ivars.

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L-R: CBD Secretariat staff Franca D'Amico and Nader Ibrahim

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Tania Temata, Cook Islands

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Giannina Santiago and Ricardo Torres, delegates from Colombia.

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L-R: Dais during the afternoon plenary with Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary and Working Group Co-Chairs Timothy Hodges (Canada) and Fernando Casas (Colombia).

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Monday, 12 July 2010

Delegates met in the inter-regional negotiating group throughout the day and into the evening. They addressed provisions of the draft protocol contained in the Cali Annex (UNEP/CBD/WG-ABS/9/3, Annex I) on access to genetic resources, access to associated traditional knowledge, research and emergency situations, contribution to conservation and sustainable use, transboundary cooperation, traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources, national focal points, and ABS clearing-house and information sharing. Informal groups met on the relationship with other instruments, and derivatives.

Above photo: Delegates in informal consultations on the
relationship with other international instruments.

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Ossama El-Tayeb, Egypt

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Pierre du Plessis, Namibia

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Birthe Ivars, Norway

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Susette Biber-Klemm, Swiss Academy of Science

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Merle Alexander, International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFBt

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Sunday, 11 July 2010

Delegates met in the inter-regional negotiating group throughout the day and into the evening. They addressed provisions of the draft protocol contained in the Cali Annex (UNEP/CBD/WG-ABS/9/3, Annex I) on the protocol’s relationship with other agreements and fair and equitable benefit-sharing. Small groups were established on the relationship with other agreements, and derivatives.



Left photo: Delegates in informal consultations prior to the start of the session.



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L-R: Co-Chairs Fernando Casas (Colombia) and Timothy Hodges (Canada) overseeing the inter-regional group.

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Masayoshi Mizuno (Japan) and Asghar Mohammadi Fazel (Iran)

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Snežana Prokic (Serbia) and Shirin Karryeva (Turkmenistan)

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Saturday, 10 July 2010

Delegates to the resumed ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in a morning plenary to hear regional statements and address organizational matters, including reconvening the inter-regional negotiating group established during the first part of the meeting in Cali, Colombia. In the afternoon, the inter-regional group started negotiating the draft protocol article by article.



Above photo: Delegates view a video message from Edward Norton, UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity.


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Kiyoshi Araki, Ambassador for CBD COP 10, Japan

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Chan-woo Kim, Republic of Korea

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Related Links
CBD resources
*Meeting web site
*Co-Chairs scenario note
*Official documents
*Annotated provisional agenda
*Information Portal on the ABS negotiations
*Report of the first part of the ninth meeting of the ABS Working Group, including draft protocol text
*Negotiations of the international regime on ABS
*Global Biodiversity Outlook

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of CBD ABS 9, 22-28 March 2010, Santiago de Cali, Colombia
*IISD RS coverage of CBD ABS 8, 9-15 November 2009, Montréal, Canada
*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 the Ninth Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the CBD, 19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS coverage of CBD ABS 7, 2-8 April 2009, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Headquarters, Paris, France
*IISD RS coverage of CBD ABS 6, 21-25 January 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
*IISD RS coverage of CBD Article 8(j) WG 5, 15-19 October 2007, Montréal, Canada
*IISD RS coverage of CBD COP 8, 20-31 March 2006, Curitiba, Brazil
*Biodiv-L - A mailing list for news on biodiversity and wildlife policy
*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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