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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
 
Highlights for Friday, 16 July 2010
 
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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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Sem Shikongo, Namibia

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Constance Zama Dlamini, Swaziland

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Elpidio Peria, the Philippines

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Group of regional representatives in consultations.

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L-R: Michael Halewood (Bioversity International) and Kabir Bavikatte (Natural Justice)

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L-R: Borje Alriksson (Sweden) and Gudrun Henne (Germany)

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Masayoshi Mizuno, Japan

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Gurdial Singh, Malaysia

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Elizabeth Munro, Cook Islands

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Delegates from Portuguese speaking countries in attendance, including Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe.

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Delegates from Colombia and Mexico

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L-R: Robert Lamb (Switzerland) and Nicola Breier (Germany)

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Lucia Fernanda Jófej Kaingáng, IIFB

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John Scott (CBD) with participants from IIFB.

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Janet Lowe (New Zealand)

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Somaly Chan (Cambodia) served as Rapporteur for the meeting.

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Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary

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Delegates from Africa.

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Co-Chair Hodges gavelled the meeting to a close at 6:47 pm EST.

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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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