First Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Liability and Redress under the Biosafety Protocol

25-27 May 2005, Montreal, Canada

 


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Highlights for Friday, 27 May 2005
Above photo L-R: Hamdallah Zedan, CBD Executive Secretary with Co-Chair Lefeber gave the Secretariat's Xueman Wang a fond farewell. 
Delegates to the first 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 on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in Plenary throughout the day. In the morning, delegates addressed the annex to the report of the meeting of the Technical Expert Group containing scenarios, options, approaches and issues for further consideration, and discussed the future work of the Ad Hoc Group. In the afternoon, they discussed and adopted the report of the meeting.

SCENARIOS, OPTIONS, APPROACHES, and ISSUES FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION
CAPACITY BUILDING:



SENEGAL preferred amending Protocol Article 22 (Capacity Building) to specify that capacity building should be upstream and downstream.
Above photo L-R: Mandiaye Ndiaye and Pappa Mssa Dieng (Senegal)


COLOMBIA acknowledged the importance of capacity building, but warned that it should not replace or delay the drafting of an international regime on liability and redress. 
Above photo: Co-chair Jimena Nieto (Colombia)



EL SALVADOR called for strengthening institutions and human resources for implementing an international instrument on liability and redress. Above photo: Jorge Ernesto Quezada Diaz (El Salvador)


BRAZIL stressed the importance of capacity building for the future of the Biosafety Protocol. Above photo: Bernardo Velloso (Brazil)



The UK, on behalf of the EU, stressed the importance of capacity building in assisting national regimes to implement international rules and procedures on liability and redress. 
Above photo: Jane Bulmer (UK)


TANZANIA underscored the need for building the capacity of judicial institutions and for building monitoring capacities. 
Above photo: Ruzika Niyo Muheto (Tanzania) reading the ENB.



JORDAN emphasized the need for building the capacity of customs agencies. Above photo: Khalid Al-Majalin (Jordan)


UGANDA said capacity building should be based on nationally identified needs and priorities. Above photo: David Hafashimana (Uganda)



SYRIA highlighted the role of NGOs and civil society in building capacity at national levels. 
Above photo: Imad Hassoun (Syria)


CUBA called for regional activities for capacity building and for south-south and north-south cooperation. 
Above photo: Hector Conde (Cuba)


future work: 


NEW ZEALAND suggested developing a set of criteria or factors for assessing the effectiveness of possible liability rules. 
Above photo: Sarah Wynn-Williams (New Zealand)


The US stressed that assessing the effectiveness of any regime will contribute to the discussion. 
Above photo: Katherine Youel Page (US)



CBD Executive Secretary Hamdallah Zedan outlined the indicative work plan of the Ad Hoc Group, funding considerations and the CBD calendar, stressing that the next meeting could only be held in February 2006, pending financial contributions.


IRAN drew attention to the issue of denials of visas by Canada. 
Above photo: Nematollah Khansari (Iran)


REPORT OF THE MEETING:


Co-Chair Lefeber presented the amendments to the annex, noting they reflect delegates’ suggestions. Above photo L-R: Co-Chair Lefeber conferring with Co-Chair Nieto.


Rapporteur Maria Mbengashe (South Africa) introduced the report of the meeting and an amended annex on options, approaches and issues for further consideration, including scenarios in an appendix.



On channeling of liability, EGYPT proposed an option providing for no exemptions. Above photo: Osama El-Tayeb (Egypt)


On issues for further consideration with respect to valuation of damage, MALAYSIA proposed inserting damage to the environment into valuation of damage to sustainable use of biological diversity, human health, socio-economic and traditional damage. 
Above photo: Gurdial Singh (Malaysia)



Co-Chair Lefeber expressed satisfaction that the annex submitted by the Technical Expert Group, as built upon by the Ad Hoc Group, provides the basis for future work. He noted that important first steps have been made, but the way forward is long and difficult. He gavelled the meeting to a close at 7:25 pm.


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