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21st Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and
10th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

11-14 and 13-16 December 2017 | Montreal, Canada

Highlights for Wednesday, 13 December 2017

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L-R: Worku Damena Yifru, CBD Secretariat; Viviana Figueroa, CBD Secretariat; CBD Deputy Executive
Secretary David Cooper; and John Scott, CBD Secretariat

CBD On Wednesday morning, the tenth meeting of the CBD Working Group on Article 8(j) opened with a Mohawk prayer. Delegates considered the draft Rutzolijirisaxik voluntary guidelines for the repatriation of traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; and the glossary of relevant terms and concepts within the context of CBD Article 8(j) and related provisions.

In the afternoon and evening, SBSTTA plenary addressed draft recommendations on: scenarios for the 2050 vision; new and emerging issues; health and biodiversity; the fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO 5); and sustainable wild meat. Negotiations continued into the night.

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Opening plenary of the Article 8(j) Working Group


On Wednesday morning, the tenth meeting of the CBD Working Group on Article 8(j) opened with a Mohawk prayer.



Elder Alex Sonny Diabo, Mohawk Nation



L-R: John Scott, CBD Secretariat; Edda Férnandez Luiselli, Mexico, and Yeshing Juliana Upún Yos, Guatemala, Co-Chairs of Working Group on Article 8(j); CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer; and CBD Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper



CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer



CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer reffering to the new flag of Montreal, which includes the white pine representing indigenous peoples


Working Group Co-Chair Yeshing Juliana Upún Yos, Guatemala

Working Group Co-Chair Edda Férnandez Luiselli, Mexico



Working Group participants observing a moment of silence in memory of Johan Bodegård, Sweden, and Damaso Luna, Mexico


Sergei Melnov, Belarus, Working Group Rapporteur

John Scott, CBD Secretariat


Holly Jonas, ICCA (Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Areas and Territories) Consortium

Yolanda Teran Maigua, Indigenous Women's Network on Biodiversity from Latin America and the Caribbean


Yousef Saleh Al-Hafedh, Saudi Arabia

Edward Netshithothole, South Africa

Sergio Ortiz, Mexico


Preston Hardison, IIFB

Maria Claudia Velez Crismatt, Colombia

Marcelo Böhlke, Brazil


Sujata Arora, India

Elise Murphy, Australia

Leelo Kukk, EU



Delegates from Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs)



SBSTTA 21 Consideration of Conference Room Papers (CRPs)


L-R: Lisa Janishevski, Sarat Babu Gidda, CBD Secretariat; and SBSTTA 21 Chair Theresa Mundita Lim, the Philippines



SBSTTA 21 Chair Theresa Mundita Lim, the Philippines


Clarissa Nina, Brazil

Kelly Hertenweg, Belgium



Georgina Catacora-Vargas
, Bolivia


Scott Wilson, Canada

Gabriele Obermayr, Austria

Anne Theo Seinen, EU


Yoshiki Takahama, Japan

Jeanette Florita, the Philippines


Noor Noor
, Nature Conservation Egypt


SBSTTA 21 Snapshots


Delegates from Canada consulting



Delegates from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea



CBD Secretariat staff



L-R: Nermalie Lita, the Philippines; Alexander Shestakov, WWF; SBSTTA 21 Chair Theresa Mundita Lim, the Philippines; and Clarissa Arida, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)



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