First Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Cartegena Protocol (ICCP1)

Montpellier, FRANCE
11-15 Dec 2000

Premire Runion du Comit Intergouvernemental pour le Protocole de Cartegena


| Monday 11 | Tuesday 12 | Wednesday 13 | Thursday 14 | Friday 15 |
| Lundi 11 | Mardi 12 | Mercredi 13 | Jeudi 14 | Vendredi 15 |

Sunday 10 December 2000

The first Meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Committee for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (ICCP) opens tomorrow in Montpellier, France. The ICCP was established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) upon adoption of the Cartagena Protocol, to prepare for the first Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol. Under the chairmanship of Amb. Phil�mon Yang (Cameroon), delegates will review inter-sessional work by the CBD�s Executive Secretary and consider agenda items on: information-sharing; capacity building; decision-making procedures; handling, transport, packaging and identification; and compliance. The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety addresses the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) that may have an adverse effect on biodiversity, taking also into account human health, and with a specific focus on transboundary movements. The Protocol establishes an advance informed agreement (AIA) procedure for imports of LMOs for intentional introduction into the environment. It also incorporates the precautionary principle and mecha�nisms for risk assessment and risk management. The Protocol also establishes a Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) to facilitate infor�mation exchange and contains provisions on capacity building and financial resources with special attention to developing countries and those without domestic regulatory systems. Currently, 79 countries have signed the Protocol and to date, Bulgaria and Trinidad and Tobago are the only countries to have ratified or acceded to the Protocol.  

Plenary will convene Monday 11 December 2000 at 10:00 am in the Berlioz Opera Hall, where delegates will hear opening remarks from: ICCP Chair, Amb. Phil�mon Yang; the Mayor of Montpellier, Georges Freche; the Minister of Environment of France, Dominique Voynet; UNEP Executive Director, Klaus T�pfer or his representative; and CBD Executive Secretary, Hamdallah Zedan.

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