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UN Biodiversity Conference - Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Well-Being

2-17 December 2016 | Cancún, Mexico

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Captain Hook Awards at COP 13 organized by the Coalition Against Biopiracy

IISD Reporting Services - COP 2016 On Friday, WG I approved without, or with minor discussion, conference room papers on the SBI modus operandi and mechanisms to support review of implementation under the Convention and its Protocols. WG I further addressed: unintentional transboundary movements, and transit and contained use, of LMOs; and review of implementation of the Strategic Plan. WG II addressed: pollinators; forest biodiversity; biodiversity and climate change; ecosystem restoration; and progress towards Aichi Targets 11 (protected areas) and 12 (threatened species). Contact groups on resource mobilization, the financial mechanism, and risk assessment of LMOs met throughout the day. An evening plenary reviewed progress, adopted decisions and addressed organizational issues.

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Delegates from China and Peru with CBD Secretariat, pose for a group picture to celebrate China's
hosting of COP 15

Working Group I

WG I Chair Mette Gervin Damsgaard (Denmark)

Marcus Davies, Canada

Diego Pacheco Balanza, Bolivia

Hayria Mohamed, Comoros

Leticia Rubello, Grupo Ecologista del
Mayab A.C. (GEMA)

Lim Li Ching, Third World Network (TWN)

Anselmina Liphola, Mozambique

Shirin Karryeva, Turkmenistan

Soul Lee, Republic of Korea

Ruben Dekker, EU

Mohamed Ali Ben Temessek, Tunisia

Takashi Ito, Japan

Somaly Chan, Cambodia

Marcia Levaggi, Argentina

L-R: Shirin Karryeva, Turkmenistan; Elvana Ramay, Albania;
and Senka Barudanovich, Bosnia and Herzegovina

L-R: Christine von Weizsäcker, ECOROPA and François Meienberg, Switzerland

L-R: Murali Krishna; Amita Prasad; Vibha Ahuja; and Gyanesh Bharti, India

L-R: Willy Tonui; Josphat Muchiri; and Kavaka Mukonyi, Kenya

Working Group II

WG II Chair Malta Qwathekana (South Africa)

L-R: Paula Díaz and Karin Molt, Chile

L-R: Jaime Grubb, James Hammond, and Melissa Cotterill, Australia

Asghar Mohammadi Fazel, Iran

Tone Solhaug, Norway

Horst Korn, Germany

Javier Gutierrez, Nicaragua

Lena Chan, Singapore

Abdul-Hakim Aulaiah
, Yemen

Delegates from WG II in a huddle to discuss language pertaining to ecosystem restoration


Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, COP 13 President, presiding over the evening plenary

Chair Mette Gervin Damsgaard (Denmark)

Chair Malta Qwathekana (South Africa)

Spencer Thomas, Grenada, reported on the status of the Budget Committee

Maria Luisa Angelica Del Rio Mispireta, Peru, reported on the status of the Credentials Committee

Chengshou Bai, China, formally accepted to host COP 15 in China

COP 13 Snapshots

L-R: Clare Glass Rudaks and Mercy Mundyadzwe, Botswana

Delegates from the Philippines

Delegates from Malaysia showing their CHM award and certificate of achievement from CBD

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