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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
 
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Highlights for Tuesday, 18 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 Tuesday for its sixth day of negotiations in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

The 22-member Friends of the Chair group convened throughout the day and was open to observers. The group undertook a “first reading” of the core elements paper and exchanged views. In order to make progress, they agreed to delete elements that prejudged the outcome of the choice of instrument.

In the evening, delegates closed the meeting to observers, and began negotiating the core elements. As of 9:51 pm, the doors remained closed and those entering and exiting remained tight-lipped about progress. The group is expected to report to plenary Wednesday morning.
Friends of the Chair group
The 22-member Friends of the Chair group convened throughout the day.
Elmo Thomas (Namibia)
Ernesto Guevara (Peru)
Co-Chairs Jimena Nieto (Colombia) (left) and WG Co-Chair René Lefeber (the Netherlands) invited comments on each of the core elements.
Reynaldo Ebora (the Philippines)
Dire Tladi (South Africa)
Cheng Weixue (China)
Haibo Gou (China)
Delegates from Liberia, South Africa and Ethiopia consulting informally.
Dessalegne Mesfin (Ethiopia)
Johansen Voker (Liberia)
Nobuyuki Kikuchi (Japan)
Nicola Notaro (EC)
Gerard van Bohemen (New Zealand)
Fernando Coimbra (Brazil)
Delegates prior to the beginning of the closed-door session.
In the evening the Co-Chairs convened a small Friends of the Chair group to negotiate the core elements paper, which was closed to observers.
Around the conference
Main entrance of the Centro de Convenciones “Julio César Turbay Ayala”.
Korean delegates reading the latest ENB.
The Friends of the Fish group, outside of the venue.
Artwork at the venue.
Photographs of Colombia exhibited at the venue.
Boats docked outside the Friends of the Chair group meeting room.
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