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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
 
Entrance to the old town of Cartagena de Indias, UNESCO World Heritage site.
Highlights for Friday, 14 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 (hereafter, the Working Group) convened on Friday for its third day of negotiations in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

During the morning and afternoon, delegates convened in two sub-working groups. One sub-working group addressed settlement of claims, discussing civil procedures, a special tribunal and standing/right to bring claims. The other, on the primary compensation scheme, addressed standard of liability and channeling of liability.

During the afternoon, delegates met briefly in plenary and exchanged views on capacity-building measures.
Sub-Working Group I
The sub-working group on the primary compensation scheme discussed civil procedures, administrative procedures, a special tribunal and standing/right to bring claims. L-R: Manoela de Miranda (CBD Secretariat); Sub-Working Group I Co-Chair Reynaldo Ebora (the Philippines); Sub-Working Group I Co-Chair Jürg Bally (Switzerland); and Worku Damena Yifru (CBD Secretariat).
Sub-Working Group I Co-Chair Jürg Bally (Switzerland)
Aldo Claure Banegas (Bolivia)
Inger Holten (Norway)
Papa Méïsa Dieng (Senegal)
L-R: Worku Damena Yifru (CBD Secretariat) consulting with Papa Méïsa Dieng (Senegal).
Discussion text
L-R: Manoela de Miranda (CBD Secretariat); Worku Damena Yifru (CBD Secretariat); Sub-Working Group I Co-Chair Reynaldo Ebora (the Philippines); and Sub-Working Group I Co-Chair Jürg Bally (Switzerland) during afternoon consultations.
Delegates during Sub-Working Group I discussions.
L-R: Duncan Currie (Greenpeace) conversing with Nicole Schabus (ENB).
Mexican delegation. L-R: César López, Silvia Elena Rojas, Rocío Álvarez Martínez, Elleli Huerta Ocampo, and Martha German
Sub-Working Group II
The sub-working group on settlement of claims discussed standard of liability and channelling of liability. L-R: Dominique Kayser (CBD Secretariat); Sub-Working Group II Co-Chair Dire Tladi (South Africa); Sub-Working Group II Co-Chair Jane Bulmer (UK); and Kathryn Garforth (CBD Secretariat).
Sub-Working Group II Co-Chair Dire Tladi (South Africa)
Sub-Working Group II Co-Chair Jane Bulmer (UK)
Beate Berglund Ekeberg (Norway)
Ariel Álvarez (Mexico)
Luther M. Rangreji (India)
Akiho Shibata (Japan)
Matthias Buck (EC)
Gurdial Singh Nijar (Malaysia)
Plenary session
In the afternoon, plenary Switzerland tabled a proposal on the supplementary collective compensation. L-R: Kathryn Garforth (CBD Secretariat); Dominique Kayser (CBD Secretariat); WG Co-Chair Jimena Nieto (Colombia); WG Co-Chair René Lefeber (the Netherlands); Manoela de Miranda (CBD Secretariat); and Worku Damena Yifru (CBD Secretariat).
Desmond Mahon (Canada)
Dorothy K. Mulenga (Zambia)
WG Co-Chair René Lefeber (the Netherlands)
Around the conference
The Brazilian delegation shares a laugh after the afternoon session.
L-R: Lompo-Ouédraogo Zourata (Burkina Faso), Bather Kone (African Union), and Jean Bruno Mikissa (Gabon)
L-R: Armando Suárez, Victor Nieto, Jorge Betancourt, Luis Sanjuan, and Carlos Baliente, meeting assistants.
L-R: Juan Manuel Monroy (Acosemillas) and Osiris Ocando (Agro-Bio)
Delegates received a much deserved lunch as a courtesy of the International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC)
Starring Johanne Huppé (CBD Secretariat) as “Juanita Valdez”.
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