Highlights and images for 13 December 2016



IISD Reporting Services - COP 2016On Tuesday, 13 December, an afternoon plenary held an interactive dialogue on “Living in Harmony with Nature.” Delegates also approved Egypt as host of COP 14 and related Protocol meetings; and Turkey as host of COP 16 and Protocol meetings. Working Group I approved, with minor amendments, a conference room paper (CRP) on progress in the implementation of the awareness-raising strategy; and further addressed CRPs on capacity building under the Nagoya Protocol and the Cartagena Protocol. Working Group II approved, with minor amendments, CRPs on: key scientific and technical needs related to Strategic Plan implementation, including voluntary guidance to improve the accessibility of biodiversity-related data and information; and the glossary under Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge). Working Group II further addressed invasive alien species, and biodiversity and human health.

Deliberations continued in contact groups and Friends of the Chair groups on: mainstreaming; unintentional transboundary movement of living modified organisms; financial resources; synergies; synthetic biology; capacity building; and the budget.

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Working Group I

WG I Chair Mette Gervin Damsgaard (Denmark)

Neva Collings, IIFB

Sonia Peña Moreno, IUCN

Delegates from Indonesia and India

Delegates from Morocco consulting

Delegates from Belgium

Edis Solórzano, Venezuela

Maria Luisa Angelica Del Rio Mispireta, Peru

Sonia Tomassone, Paraguay

Jorge Ernesto Quezada Diaz, El Salvador

Lilian Chimphepo, Malawi

Naoki Nakayama, Japan

Victor Cantón, Uruguay

David Hafashimana, Uganda

Hans Romang, Switzerland

Working Group II

L-R: WG II Chair Malta Qwathekana (South Africa) and Lisa Janishevski, CBD Secretariat

Elizabeth Munro, Cook Islands

Aboubacar Oularé, Guinea

Ana Di Pangracio, Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN)

Atelaite Matoto, Tonga

Flora Mpanju, African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)

Clarissa Arida, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)

Sol Ortiz García, Mexico

Win Naing Thaw, Myanmar

Leticia Pastor, Cuba

L-R: Asta Einarsdottir and Sigurdur Thrainsson, Iceland

L-R: Akram Eissa Darwich, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW); Belal Al Hayek, Syria;
and Katherine Miller, IFAW


L-R: John Scott, CBD Secretariat; Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, COP 13 President; CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias; Diego Pacheco Balanza, Vice-Minister of Planning and Coordination, Bolivia; Tohru Nakashizuka, Tohoku University, Japan; Peninah Zaninka, representative of the Batwa Community, Uganda; Monsignor Ramón Macías, Secretary of State, the Holy See; and Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Peninah Zaninka, Batwa Community, Uganda

Diego Pacheco Balanza, Vice-Minister of Planning and Coordination, Bolivia

Monsignor Ramón Macías, Secretary of State, the Holy See

Tohru Nakashizuka, Tohoku University, Japan

Dana Perls, Friends of the Earth

Lily Rodriguez, International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS)

Juan Mateos,
National Coordinator for COP 13, Mexico

Edda Fernández, Mexico

Lia Lopez, IIFB

Adem Bilgin, Turkey, announced that Turkey will host COP 16

Khaled Fahmy, Minister of Environment, Egypt
, announced that Egypt will host COP 14

COP 13 Snapshots


Jose Carlos Fernandez Ugalde with Lorenzo Fernandez

L-R: Álvaro Toledo and Kent Nnadozie, International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for
Food and Agriculture (ITPGR)