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2nd Meeting of the Panel of Experts on Access and Benefit Sharing of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, Canada 19-22 March 2001


Previous days' multimedia coverage of  SBSSTA-6 
(photos and RealAudio)


Highlights from Thursday, 22 March 2001


Co-Chair Medaglia (Costa Rica) opened the closing Plenary, and the rapporteur, Maureen Wolfson (South Africa) introduced the meeting's report UNEP/CBD/ABS-EP/2/L.3, including conclusions on the three agenda items. Co-Chair Medaglia reviewed the process for reaching agreement on the main items within previous Plenary and Working Group discussions, which had reached provisional agreements on the conclusions. Experts reviewed the document providing both substantive and textual comments, and then adopted the report.  

Above photo: The dias during the closing plenary.

CBD Executive Secretary Hamdallah Zedan expressed his hope that the Panel's report would be a useful for the meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on ABS in Bonn. He highlighted the utility of the discussions for clarifying issues, emphasizing that the results were an expression of expert views and not negotiations. 

Right photo: (L-R) Hamdallah Zedan (CBD Executive Secretary) and Co-Chair Girsberger (Switzerland) during the closing plenary.

Co-Chair Medaglia (Costa Rica) thanked the Working Group chairs, presenters, participants and Secretariat for their work, and then adjourned the meeting at 2:30 pm.  

Above photo: Hamdallah Zedan thanking the Co-chairs Girsberger and Medaglia for the successful conclusion of the meeting.

Editor's Note: As a matter of policy, the
Earth Negotiations Bulletin does not directly attribute statements in informal discussions when requested to do so.

ENB coverage of ABS-1
ENB coverage of SBSTTA-6
CBD Secretariat web site with official documents and information for participants
ENB's Introduction to the CBD

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