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Sixth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions (Article 8(j) WG 6) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

2-6 November 2009 | Montréal, Canada
 

CBDSummary Highlights of the Meeting:

Friday, 6 November 2009

The plenary convened at 11 am, to discuss and adopt recommendations on mechanisms for participation, sui generis systems, ethical code and work programme. The plenary also discussed and adopted views on the international ABS regime, for transmission to the ABS Working Group. The meeting was gavelled to a close at 5:05 pm.

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WG Co-Chair Breier with CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf and WG Co-Chair Lucy Mulenkei gavelled the meeting to a close at 5:05 pm.
 
 
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L-R: Kabir Sanjay Bavikatte, Natural Justice, reviewing the draft report with James Seyani, Malawi.

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L-R: ABS WG Co-Chairs Fernando Casas and Timothy Hodges.
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Somaly Chan, Rapporteur, introduced the draft report of the meeting.
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Ellen Gabriel, IIFB, expressed satisfaction with the recognition of the importance of customary laws in developing sui generis systems.

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Gurdial Singh, Malaysia, explained that the Like-Minded Asia-Pacific Region had been formed at this meeting to provide a forum for developing countries in the region with common interests.
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Thursday, 5 November 2009

Delegates met in plenary in the afternoon, to discuss draft resolutions on sui generis systems, the ethical code and the work programme. The contact group on the international ABS regime met throughout the day, addressing a Co-Chairs’ text in the morning, and a conference room paper containing a revised Co-Chairs’ text in the afternoon and evening.

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African delegates in a huddle to discuss text on ABS.
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Johan Bodegård, Sweden
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Ruth Adler, Australia

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Sujata Arora, India
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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Delegates met in plenary in the afternoon, to hear reports from the contact groups and address a draft recommendation on mechanisms for participation. The contact group on the international ABS regime met throughout the day, discussing each of the questions addressed by the expert groups on traditional knowledge and on compliance. The contact group on the work programme convened in the afternoon and evening to discuss a Co-Chairs’ text.

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Delegates observed a moment of silence in memory of the late French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss.

L-R: Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary, Co-Chair Lucy Mulenkei, Co-Chair Nicola Breier, Olivier Jalbert, John Scott and Oliver Hillel, CBD Secretariat.

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Participants from IIFB consulting.

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L-R: Joji Cariño and Jennifer Corpuz, Tebtebba Foundation
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Christine von Weizsäcker, ECOROPA
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Gurdial Singh, Malaysia

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Marc Auer, Germany
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Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Delegates met in plenary in the morning, to exchange views on the international ABS regime and discuss the Article 8(j) work programme, and again briefly in the afternoon. The contact group on the ethical code of conduct met throughout the day, while a newly established contact group on the work programme convened in the afternoon.

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Delegates from Brazil and Mexico in informal consultations.

L-R: Fernando Coimbra, Brazil; Damaso Luna, Mexico; Gustavo Pacheco, Brazil

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Delegates from Cuba, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica in a lively discussion during a break in plenary.

L-R: Teresa Cruz, Cuba; Marina Hernandez, Dominican Republic and Martha Hiliana Jimenez, Costa Rica
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John Scott, CBD Secretariat (center) providing advice to the Contact Group Co-Chairs.
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Monday, 2 November 2009

The sixth meeting of the Ad hoc Open-ended Intersessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and related provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened in Montreal, Canada, on Monday 2 November 2009. Delegates first met in plenary. They attended an indigenous welcoming ceremony and addressed: mechanisms for participation, sui generis systems for the protection of traditional knowledge, and the ethical code of conduct. A contact group on the ethical code was established and commenced its work in the afternoon.

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Otsi.tsa.ken:RA (Charles Patton) of the Mohawk Nation welcomed delegates to Mohawk traditional territory and opened the meeting in the way of the Mohawk ancestors.
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Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary being greeted by Charles Patton of the Mohawk Nation.
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Lucy Mulenkei, appointed as co-president with Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary.
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Related Links

CBD resources
Meeting webpage and official documents
Provisional annotated agenda
Side Events
Global Biodiversity Outlook

General resources
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
FAO CGRFA website
WIPO Traditional Knowledge website
TRIPs Website on IPRs, traditional knowledge and biodiversity

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