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UN Biodiversity Conference - Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Well-Being

2-17 December 2016 | Cancún, Mexico

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Indigenous peoples and local communities representatives and supporters staged a walkout during the afternoon
session of WG II

IISD Reporting Services - COP 2016 On Friday, 16 December, delegates addressed draft decisions on several agenda items, including: unintentional transboundary movements, transit, risk assessment and management of living modified organisms (LMOs), and assessment and review under the Cartagena Protocol; capacity building under the Convention and the Protocols; the financial mechanism; cooperation with other conventions; mainstreaming; synthetic biology; guidelines on prior informed consent (PIC) and benefit-sharing under Article 8(j); and ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs). Following agreement in the Friends of the Chair group, two draft decisions were approved on establishing a process for the consideration of digital sequence information on genetic resources in the next biennium under the Convention and the Nagoya Protocol. A contact group on the financial mechanism and the budget group met throughout the day. WG deliberations and informal consultations continued into the night.

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Indigenous peoples and local communities representatives staged a sit-in protest at the main hall of the
COP 13 venue


Working Group I

WG I Chair Mette Gervin Damsgaard (Denmark)



Jimena Nieto Carrasco, Colombia


Séhounkpindo Gaston Akouehou, Benin



Behzad Ghareyazie, Iran


Alexis Ardrouin, Haiti


Delegates from WG I consulting


L-R: Endah Ambarwati, Indonesia; Amita Prasad, India; Ágnes Fejes and Zsuzsanna Ujj, Hungary


Delegates from Brazil


L-R: Andres Factos and Angel Onofa, Ecuador


L-R: Indra Prasad Sapkota and Bijaya Raj Paudyal, Nepal


L-R: Rajeyah Binkulaib and Nahla Noobi, United Arab Emirates


Delegates from Nicaragua consulting



Letchumanan Ramatha, Malaysia


Kongit Haile-Gabriel, Dominica


Akkharath Inthavy, Lao Democratic Republic


CBD Secretariat staff


Working Group II

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


Damaso Luna, Mexico



Itai Hilary Tendaupenyu, Zimbabwe


Anna Trakhtenbrot, Israel


Darío Luque, Panama



Patrick Leon Pedia, Côte d'Ivoire


Gabriele Obermayr, Austria


Suleiman Al Akhzami, Oman



Umair Shahid, Pakistan


Joe Horokou, Solomon Islands


Jiří Mach, Czech Republic


L-R: Pedro Ivo Arriegas, and Marco Rebello, Portugal


Conference room attendants


Delegates from Uganda and Mexico consulting


Representatives of Colombia, Chile and Iran consulting


COP 13 Snapshots

Participants from indigenous and local communities


Norma Munguia and Damaso Luna, Mexico


Christine von Weizsäcker, ECOROPA (far left), with delegates from Guatemala and the Philippines


Delegates from the EU


Hayria Mohamed, Comoros





Participants from the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN)



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