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Fifth Meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Working Group of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the
Protocol on Biosafety

12-19 March 2008 | Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
 
A view of Centro de Convenciones “Julio César Turbay Ayala”
Highlights for Wednesday, 19 March 2008

The fifth session of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Working Group of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress (WGLR 5) in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety convened on Wednesday for its seventh and final day of negotiations in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

The small Friends of the Chair group completed its work at 4:30 am on Wednesday. The group agreed elements on the definition of damage, and broad functional and narrow geographical scope. Despite the all night negotiations, the standard of liability and causation could not be agreed and these and other issues remain outstanding. 

Plenary reconvened in the afternoon to consider the work of the small Friends of the Chair group in the form of the further revised working draft. The draft combined elements from the core elements paper with the corresponding options for operational text. Delegates agreed to adopt the further revised working draft as Annex I.

Delegates then addressed other matters and the EC proposed holding an open and participatory intersessional Friends of the Chair meeting to continue negotiations.

At 6:35 pm the plenary was adjourned to allow for regional consultations on the intersessional work and completion of the meeting report.

The meeting reconvened at 7:00 pm and delegates agreed to hold an intersessional Friends of the Chair group, for three days immediately prior to COP/MOP (7-9 May 2008) in Bonn, Germany. Co-Chair Nieto gavelled the meeting to a close at 7:12 pm.
Plenary session
A bird's eye view of the plenary room.
WG Co-Chair Jimena Nieto (Colombia) reviewed the content and announced the adoption of the meeting report.
WG Co-Chair René Lefeber (the Netherlands) introduced the further revised working draft.
Nicola Notaro (EC) proposed an intersessional meeting of the Friends of the Chair group.
Maria del Pilar Pardo (Colombia)
Beate Berglund Ekeberg (Norway)
L-R: Maria Mbengashe (South Africa), Co-Chair Jimena Nieto (Colombia), Charles Gbedemah (CBD Secretariat), WG Co-Chair René Lefeber (the Netherlands), Worku Damena Yifru (CBD Secretariat), and Dominique Kayser (CBD Secretariat)
Ariel Álvarez (Mexico)
Dessalegne Mesfin (Ethiopia)
Gerard van Bohemen (New Zealand)
Fernando Coimbra (Brazil)
Sonia Tomassone (Paraguay)
Jürg Bally (Switzerland)
A. K. Goyal (India)
Papa Méïsa Dieng (Senegal)
Aldo Claure Banegas (Bolivia)
Gurdial Singh Nijar (Malaysia)
Lompo-Ouédraogo Zourata (Burkina Faso)
Haibo Gou (China)
Ossama El-Tayeb (Egypt)
Jeffrey Beattie (Palau)
Rapporteur Maria Mbengashe (South Africa)
Delegates discussing in regional groups.
Around the conference
L-R: Maria Mbengashe (South Africa) and Fernando Coimbra (Brazil)
L-R: WG Co-Chair René Lefeber (the Netherlands) and Matthias Buck (EC)
L-R: Emilie Bergeron (Canada) and Marco Coelho (Brazil)
Maria del Pilar Pardo (Colombia) (left) conversing with Sonia Tomassone (Paraguay).
L-R: Pedro Cabral de Andrade (Brazil) and Manoela de Miranda (CBD Secretariat)
L-R: WG Co-Chair René Lefeber (the Netherlands) and Fernando Coimbra (Brazil)
The African Group.
Japanese delegation.
Delegates enjoying the free Colombian coffee provided by “Juan Valdez.”
William Villa (left) hopes there are more meetings in Cartagena de Indias so he can continue selling his nice photographs.
Colombian art at the Centro de Convenciones “Julio César Turbay Ayala”.
Your ENB team at the walled city. L-R: Melanie Ashton, Writer/Team Leader (Australia), Nicole Schabus, Writer (Austria), Renata Foltran, Logistics Coordinator (Brazil), Asheline Appleton, Writer (Kenya), Diego Noguera, Digital Editor (Colombia), and Harry Jonas, Writer (United Kingdom).
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IISD RS coverage of the CBD COP-8, 20-31 March 2006, Curitiba, Brazil
IISD RS coverage of the Third Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CBD serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP-3), 13-17 March 2006, Curitiba, Brazil
IISD RS coverage of the Second meeting of the AHOE-WG of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 20-24 February 2006, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of the COP-7 to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the seventeenth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (COP-7/MOP-17), Dakar, Senegal, 12-16 December 2005
IISD RS coverage of the COP/MOP-2, 30 May - 3 June 2005, Montréal, Canada
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