Resumed Session on the First Extraordinary Meeting of the Convention of the Parties (ExCOP) to Finalize and Adopt a Protocol on Biosafety
Montreal, CANADA; 24 - 28 January 2000
Friday 28 January :
"...the clocks have been stopped..."
01/28/2000 23:52:34 -0600
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01/28/2000 21:56:35 -0600
Protestors who have been camping on the lawns of the ICAO building for the last day, have stepped up their activity and moved onto the rue de l'universite soliciting participation from passing motorists.
01/28/2000 17:36:57 -0600
Plenary is now scheduled to open at 10:00 p.m. tonight.
Reminiscent of Cartagena, the Plenary scheduled for 4:00 p.m. has been postponed until 8:00 p.m. this evening...
With the text consolidated and distributed this morning at 10:00 a.m., Plenary met in the packed "Vienna setting" only to have any hope of resolution postponed. Ostensibly waiting for the text to be translated into the 6 official languages of the United Nations, Plenary will re-convene at 4:00 p.m. in the ICAO building.
In keeping with the CBD practice of drawing colour-coded and named teddybears to determine contact group speaking order, the Like-Minded group drew "Justice" this morning.
"In the last minute, of the last hour, of the last day..."
At 10:30 pm Thursday 27 January, Mayr opened up the "Vienna setting" Plenary and invited further reports on Articles 31, 22 and 8.7 and other outstanding issues.
Mayr noted that outstanding issues appeared to be political and that groups needed to see the differences in the context of the entire text. He requested that Co-Chairs Yang and Pythoud and Ambassador Nobs to continue clarifying the remaining issues and requested clean text by 2:00 a.m. Friday 28 January 2000.
The "Vienna setting" Plenary will reconvene at 10:00 am Friday 28 January 2000 to consider the consolidated text of the protocol.
European Environment Ministers hosted a press conference... watch this space for more information.
Protestors getting ready to camp out overnight on the lawn of the ICAO building.
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