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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
 

CBDHighlights for 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.
 
 
View of the opening ceremony of Article 8(j) WG 6.
 
OPENING PLENARY:
 
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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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Balakrishna Pisupati, UNEP, stressed that the work on sui generis systems for traditional knowledge protection, the ethical code of conduct and indicators is critical for achieving the three objectives of the CBD.
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Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary, highlighted the contribution of indigenous and local communities to protect biodiversity, and thanked India for offering to host COP 11 in 2012.

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Nicola Breier, representative of the COP 9 President, highlighted the importance of the multi-year programme of work (MYPOW).
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Lucy Mulenkei, appointed as co-president with Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary.
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GENERAL STATEMENTS:
 
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Indigenous Nations and Human Rights Organizations in Canada advocated for the continuation of the Working Group on Article 8(j) and singled out three possible achievements for the current session: completion of negotiations on the ethical code of conduct; contribution on all substantive elements of the international ABS regime; and a realistic and robust programme of work.

Ellen Gabriel, Quebec Native Women's Association

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International Forum for Local Communities (IFLC) recommended including climate change in programme of work, and prioritizing the development and implementation of sui generis systems.

Thaissa Pinheiro, IFLC
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The International Indigenous Forum for Biodiversity (IIFB): requested devoting sufficient time to address the programme of work; and highlighted climate change as a threat to survival for indigenous peoples.

Jannie Lasimbang, IIFB
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MECHANISMS FOR PARTICIPATION:
 
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Canada argued that future initiatives must be based on the evaluation of past initiatives and information technology tools must be cost effective and targeted.

Nancy Hamzawi, Canada

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Uganda noted that the development of communication mechanisms should take into account indigenous and local communities’ limited access to internet.

David Hafashimana, Uganda

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JAPAN proposed postponing consideration of the draft recommendation to increase the core budget.

Tokuko Nabeshima, Japan

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Participants from the Japan Forum for Biodiversity reading the ENB.

L-R: Kazuhiko Ishihara and Tomoko Harano, Japan Forum for Biodiversity.

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Cosima Hufler, Austria

 

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Lucia Fernanad Jofej Kaingang, IIFB and Thaissa Pinheiro, IFLC

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Emine Isciel and Tone Solhaug, Norway

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CONTACT GROUP:
 
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WG Chair Breier established a contact group with the mandate to strive to remove all brackets on the draft elements of the code under the chairmanship of Susanna Chung (South Africa) and Neva Collins (indigenous representative).

L-R: Neva Collings, Pacific indigenous representative and Susanna Chung, South Africa

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L-R: Gustavo Pacheco, Brazil and Michael Andrew, Saint Lucia.

 

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Ali Al-Lami, Iraq

 

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Raed Bani Hani, Jordan

 

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Sign up for ENB
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Climate-L.org
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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

IISD RS resources

IISD RS coverage of the Seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the CBD, 2-8 April 2009, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Headquarters, Paris, France
IISD RS coverage of the Ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (CBD COP 9), 19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
IISD RS coverage of the Thirteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 13) of the CBD, 18 February - 22 February 2008, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters, Rome, Italy
IISD RS coverage of the Second meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Protected Areas (WGPA 2), 11-15 February 2008, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
IISD RS coverage of ABS 6, 21-25 January 2008, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
IISD RS coverage of Fourth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol, 22-26 October 2007, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of CBD Article 8(j) WG 5, 15-19 October 2007, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS archive of biodiversity and wildlife meetings
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

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