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Highlights for Wednesday, 16 February 2005

Delegates to the third meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in two sub-working groups throughout the day. Sub-Working Group I (SWG-I) held discussions on an international ABS regime. Sub-Working Group II (SWG-II) addressed conference room papers (CRP) on: other approaches, including an international certificate of origin/source/legal provenance; the use of terms; and measures to support compliance with prior informed consent (PIC) and mutually agreed terms (MAT).

Above photo: SWG-II Co-Chair Orlando Rey (Cuba) (center) with delegates from Canada, EC, and Liberia listening to a proposal tabled by Maria Angelica Ikeda (Brazil).



Above photo L-R: The morning dais of SWG-I with Valerie Normand (CBD), SWG-I Co-Chair Sem Shikongo (Namibia), SWG-I Co-Chair Geoff Burton (Australia), Dan Ogolla (CBD) and CBD Executive Secretary Hamdallah Zedan

International Regime:

CANADA welcomed the element clusters and proposed using the matrix as a basis for the gap analysis. 
Above photo: Anne Daniel (Canada)

SUDAN cautioned against duplications and contradictions in the elements of the regime.
Above photo: Ahmed Suliman El Wakeel (Sudan)

MALAWI suggested including work done by the Secretariat on linkages, and adding information on national and regional instruments and other CBD processes. Above photo: James Seyani (Malawi)

The RUSSIAN FEDERATION supported establishing an expert group to complete the matrix before the next meeting. 
Above photo: Alexander Shestakov (Russian Federation)

BRAZIL stressed that the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) do not adequately address benefit-sharing concerns. Above photo L-R: Mitzi Gurgel Valente da Costa and Hadil Fontes Da Rocha Vianna (Brazil)

TANZANIA requested that measures facilitating access be in line with CBD Article 16.2 (access to and transfer of technology to developing countries) and the Bonn Guidelines. 

HAITI added that a comprehensive gap analysis should be completed before the next meeting of the working group. 
Above photo: Joseph Ronald Toussaint (Haiti)

The INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE stressed that the regime should balance national and international measures. 
Above photo: Thomas Jacob (International Chamber of Commerce)



MEXICO suggested a number of amendments to a text on a certificate of legal provenance, including reference to the participation of industry in information gathering on the design of a certificate.
Above photo L-R:  Jesus Vega Herrera and Jose Carlos Fernandez (Mexico) (Mexico)

SWG-II Co-Chair Birthe Ivars (Norway) (right) introduced a CRP on other approaches, including an international certificate of origin/source/legal provenance, calling for submission of views on technical options for the design of a certificate, including their implications for the practicality, feasibility and cost, to be compiled and considered at ABS-4.

Above photo L-R:
SWG-II Co-Chair Orlando Rey (Cuba) with Co-Chair Ivars.

Delegates agreed to a proposal by Brazil not to specify additional terms that need to be considered, and to a suggestion by the African Group to request the Executive Secretary to prepare a consolidated glossary of existing and additional definitions for ABS-4 consideration. Above photos: Delegates deliberating on the proposal by Maria Angelica Ikeda (Brazil)


COLOMBIA stressed the need to focus deliberations on international exchanges of genetic resources and their derivatives, and called for international measures to address illegal access.
Above photo L-R: Fernando Casas and Juanita Chaves (Colombia)

The IIFB called for ensuring the PIC of indigenous and local communities to their genetic resources and traditional knowledge.
Above photo L-R: Members of the IIFB with Aroha Te Pareake Mead, Paul Oldham, James Lamouche, Brian Mcdonald, Lourdes Amos and Crescencio Hernandez 

This service was prepared in cooperation with the CBD Secretariat


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