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Fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions

15-19 October 2007
Montreal, Canada



Highlights from Wednesday, 17 October

 

On Wednesday, delegates convened in two sub-working groups (SWGs) in morning and late afternoon sessions. In the morning, SWG I addressed an international regime on access and benefit-sharing (ABS); SWG II considered indicators for assessing progress towards the 2010 target with regard to traditional knowledge. Participants met in a brief plenary in the late afternoon to review progress made and then recovened in the SWGs.
Photo: Delegates observe a minute of silence to mark the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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Delegates observe a minute of silence for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
 
Sub-Working Group I
 

 

Regarding a compilation of the main proposals on an international regime on ABS, Gurdial Singh Nijar, Malaysia (left), expressed concern that the document did not capture all proposals and asked that it be revised. SWG I Co-Chair Deon Alexander Stewart with Valerie Normand and John Scott, CBD Secretariat (right).
 

 

Mary Fosi Mbantenkhu, Cameroon, and Jorge Riaboi, Argentina, during the morning SWG I session (left). David Hafashimana, Uganda, for the African Group, noted that the compilation document provided by the Secretariat should reflect the views submitted.

 

 

SWG I Co-Chair Estabancio Castro Diaz consults with delegates (left). David Dutton, Australia, and Robert McLean, Canada, in consultations during the SWG I discussions on the international ABS regime (right).
 
Sub-Working Group II
 
 
On indicators, Portugal, for the EU, noted the focus should be on practical and meaningful indicators, and opposed inclusion of some indicators that did fall under the mandate of the Article 8(j) WG and went beyond COP orientation.
 
 
Joji Carino, speaking for the IIFB Working Group on Indicators (left), reported on the Group's regional consultations and the international expert seminar on indicators.
 
 
On indicators, Colombia supported adopting the indicator list as a basis for future work.
 
Robert McLean, Canada, in consultations during SWG II (left). SWG II Co-Chair Gunn-Britt Retter (right) introduced documents relating to TK indicators for assessing progress towards the 2010 target.
 
   
Canadian delegates consulting during SWG II (left). Le'a Malia Kanehe, Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism (right center) consults with delegates.
 
 
SWG II Co-Chair Nicola Breier (above center) consults with delegates.
 
Evening Plenary
 
 

CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf, COP President Fernando Coimbra, Brazil, and Olivier Jalbert, CBD Secretariat.

 
 
COP President Fernando Coimbra, Brazil (left), presided over the evening plenary session. Felicity Buchanan, New Zealand (center), during the evening plenary. John Scott, CBD Secretariat, speaks with Coimbra and SWG I Co-Chair Deon Alexander Stewart (right).
 
Side Event: Indicators Relevant for Indigenous Peoples and the CBD and Indigenous Initiatives on Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA)
 

This side event, organized by Tebtebba Foundation, presented the outcome and future work on indicators relevant for indigenous peoples.

 
 
Gina Malia Sui Lin Nobrega, Indigenous World Association of Hawaii, moderated the event.
 
 
Kamonphan Saelee, Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand Association (left), Juan Muelas, Centro de Cooperacion al Indigena, Colombia (center), and Joji Carino, Tebtebba Foundation (right)
 
Side Event: In-depth Reveiw of the Expanded Programme of Work on Forest Biological Diversity
 
 
This side event, organized by the CBD Secretariat, included a presentation of the draft version of the review of the expanded work programme on forest biodiversity.
 
Miscellaneous Photos
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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