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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 23-27 February 2004

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Highlights for Wednesday 25 February 2004

Delegates to the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP-1) convened in working group and contact group sessions throughout the day. Working Group I (WG-I) discussed conference room papers (CRPs) on information sharing and the Biosafety Clearing-house (BCH), and on other issues for implementation, and considered a Chair's text on handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs) (Article 18). Working Group II (WG-II) considered CRPs on capacity building, and on liability and redress. A brief Plenary was held in the afternoon to review progress, and hear statements. Contact groups on documentation of LMOs for food, feed and processing (LMO-FFPs) (Article 18.2(a)), compliance and the budget also met.

Above photo: Owen Ryan (Ireland) (center) confers with other EU countries regarding text on liability and redress.

Working Group I : Handling, Transport, Packaging and Identification  (HTPI)

INDIA asked to retain reference to the International Plant Protection Convention in the text on documentation on LMOs for contained use. 

Above photo L-R: Desh Deepak Verma and Veena Chhotray (India)

BRAZIL noted its concern about the implementation of unique identifiers for LMOs for intentional introduction. 

Above photo:
Brazilian delegates in a huddle.

The United States sought clarification on the reference to risk assessment with non-Parties in the Annex on the transboundary LMO movement between Parties and non-Parties, and asked to include reference to other relevant stakeholders.

Above photo: Delegates from the US

NAMIBIA noted its suggestion to refer to the unique identifier for ease of traceability of LMOs for contained use. 

Above photo: George Rhodes (Namibia)

Working Group II: Liability and Redress

The EU requested to re-insert a Paragraph asking the expert group to consider modes of adoption and format for any possible outcome from Article 27 (Liability and redress) of the Protocol, in order not to prejudge the outcome regarding the legal status of the regime. 

Above photo: Owen Ryan (Ireland)

Ethiopia opposed, stressing that the regime will be legally binding, as provided for by Article 27 (Liability and redress) of the Biosafety Protocol. 

Above photo: Tewolde Berhan Egzhiaber (Ethiopia)


Colombia said the group of legal and technical experts should finalize its work within four years. 

Above photo L-R: Emilio Garcia and Alvaro Rodriguez (Colombia)

Malaysia suggested that the expert group finalize its work by 2008, stressing the importance of giving a clear mandate to the expert group. 

Above photo: Hashin Hassan (Malaysia)

Contact Group: 


Delegates decided that participation in the expert group should be based on inclusiveness, transparency and technical expertise, with experts designated by Parties, other governments and relevant international organizations. Regarding contact points for information on documentation accompanying LMO-FFPs, delegates agreed to include reference to the last exporter, the first importer, and any other appropriate authority. Delegates also discussed, but did not reach agreement on, adopting interim measures for the use of documentation for LMO-FFPs, pending a decision on the use of a stand alone document by the COP/MOP. 

Right photo: Contact group dais on LMO-FFPS (ARTICLE 18.2 (A))


In the evening session of the contact group on compliance, delegates initiated discussion on measures to address non-compliance and debated whether to base discussions on a proposal produced by informal consultation or one by a developed country group. A regionally balanced Friends of the co-Chairs group was established to discuss outstanding issues. 

Above photo: Contact group dais on Compliance. From Left: Xueman Wang (CBD), co-Chair Rawson Yonazi (Tanzania), co-Chair Jürg Bally (Switzerland) and Camilla Mathiessen (CBD)


Working Group I Chair François Pythoud (Switzerland) reported on progress made in Working Group I, noting that the contact group on handling, packaging, transport and identification had been able to remove most of the outstanding brackets during the day.

Working Group II Chair Amb. Philémon Yang (Cameroon) said that Working Group II had adopted two CRPs on capacity building and the roster of experts for capacity building and that the contact group on compliance had made progress as well.

Linda Brown (UK) reported on progress made in the Friends of the President group on the guidance to the GEF.  

Ernesto Cespedes (Mexico) reported that the Friends of the President group on priority setting had decided to establish LMO-FFPs, capacity building with particular emphasis on the BCH, compliance, and liability and redress as priority issues.  

Above photo: Hamdallah Zedan, CBD Executive Secretary and Dato' Seri Law, COP-7 President

Silvia Ribeiro
(above), on behalf of a group of Latin American NGO's, expressed the civil society's concern about the negative impacts of the NAFTA Trilateral Arrangement on movements of living modified organisms for food, feed and processing on the Protocol's implementation.


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