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Session de Reprise de la Premi�re R�union Extraordinaire de la Conf�rence des Parties (CdP) de la CDB pour la Finalisation et l'Adoption du Protocole de Bios�curit�

Montreal, CANADA; 24 - 28 January 2000


Zedam, Mayr, and Miklos

Tuesday 25 January 2000 : 

Juan Mayr, ExCOP PresidentOn Monday 24 January, delegates heard opening statements from COP4 President Laslo Mikl�s [right], CBD Executive Secretary Hamdallah Zedan [left], and ExCOP President Juan Mayr [centre] encouraging fruitful deliberations, and underscoring the expectations of a strong Protocol being adopted by the end of the week.  Organizational matters were outlined at this brief Plenary session, and then the Vienna setting convened to discuss the work of Contact Groups.  Contact Groups on Commodities and Scope met in the afternoon and evening sessions.

Lazlo Miklos, COP4 PresidentIn opening speeches, COP4 President Laslo Mikl�s urged the resolution of outstanding issues for the adoption of the Protocol; potentially the first international environmental treaty of the new millennium.  Attention was drawn to the invitation of Ministers to a ministerial dinner he is hosting on Wednesday 25 January to encourage their participation.

CBD Executive Secretary Hamdallah Zedan emphasized the significance of these negotiations to the Convention and sustainable development, by way of ensuring that humanity enjoys the benefits of biotechnology, science, and trade, while protecting the environment.  Specific appreciation was given to those Parties providing financial support for the participation of developing countries, and countries with economies in transition.

Juan Mayr, Chair of the ExCOP makes his opening remarks to the Plenary.

Hamdallah Zedan, Executive Secretary of the CBD delivers his opening remarks, underscoring the importance of a Protocol for the world.  He also announces the Ministerial reception on Wednesday night.

Photos from Monday night's evening reception:


Marc Auer and Beatriz Torres of the CBD Secretariat and its Clearing House Mechanism with Managing Director of IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin. >

< Members of Greenpeace

< Dr. Helen Marquard of the UK Department of the Environment smiles with ENB Managing Director, Kimo Goree.

Convention on Biodiversity Homepage [CBD]
CBD Secretariat page for the Resumed ExCOP
Clearing House Mechanism [CHM]
EXCOP Documents : UNEP's pre-session documents
ENB Briefing Note from Sept. 99 Informal Consultations
ENB Coverage of Cartagena (BSWG-6)
ENB Coverage of BSWG-5, BSWG-4, BSWG-3, BSWG-2, BSWG-1

Convention on Biodiversity Homepage [CBD]
CBD Secretariat page for the Resumed ExCOP

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