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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
 
“Los pegasos” monument.
Highlights for Monday, 17 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 Monday for its fifth day of negotiations in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

During the morning delegates consulted informally in regional groups. In the afternoon, delegates met in plenary to further consider the core elements paper. Co-Chair Lefeber tabled a draft decision, which integrated the options from the working draft into the pieces of the core elements paper.

In the evening delegates reconvened in plenary to establish a working method for the remainder of the meeting. Whilst some delegates preferred to continue working on the basis of the working draft, others preferred to work with the core elements paper. After some debate, delegates established a Friends of the Chair group to work on the basis of the core elements paper but it was immediately adjourned. It will reconvene Tuesday at 8:00 am.
Delegates consulting informally whilst waiting for plenary to begin.
Plenary session
The Co-Chairs Jimena Nieto (Colombia) (left) and WG Co-Chair René Lefeber (the Netherlands) invited comments from delegates on a draft decision, which integrated the options from the working draft into the pieces of the core elements paper.
J. Thomas Carrato (representing six major agriculture biotechnology companies)
Ariel Álvarez (Mexico)
Jeffrey L. Beattie (Palau)
Duncan Currie (Greenpeace)
Christine von Weizsacker (Ecoropa)
Nasir Uddin (Bangladesh)
Antonietta Gutérrez (Universidad Nacional Agraria “La Molina” - Lima, Peru)
Elsa Nivia (RAP-AL)
Delegates discussing how best to proceed in regional groups.
The Friends of the Chair group adjourned immediately after convening and “los taxistas” were on standby to take delegates home.
Around the conference
Xavier Hoyos and his stand of “Parques Nacionales de Colombia”
Eliécer Ballares (left) gave up trying to find an extra table to show the many photographs he took during Saturday evening’s reception.
L-R: Yousef Alhafeh and Ahmed Alayadn (Saudi Arabia)
The last two participants to leave the Friends of the Chair group. L-R: Sonia Tomassone and Maria Cristina Torres (Paraguay).
Local staff. L-R: (front row) Yessica Peña, Amelia Grau, Skarlie Núñez. (Back row) Karen Amador and Alexandra Bedoya.
L-R: Antonietta Gutérrez (Universidad Nacional Agraria “La Molina” - Lima, Peru), Haruka Ueda (Kobe University), Mai Fujii (Kobe University), and Tomoko Yamashita (Kobe University)
ENB writers. L-R: Asheline Appleton (Kenya), Melanie Ashton (Australia), and Nicole Schabus (Austria).
Delegates reading the latest ENB.
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