SECOND AD HOC OPEN-ENDED WORKING GROUP ON ACCESS AND BENEFIT-SHARING
Montreal, Canada; 1-5 December 2003
Highlights forFriday, 5 December 2003
On Friday, Working Group Chair Hoogeveen (right photo: left) opened the closing Plenary. SWG-I Chair Verleye and SWG-II Chair Verma reported on progress and outcomes of their sub-working groups. The report of SWG-I (UNEP/CBD/WG-ABS/2/L.1/Add.1) was adopted with a minor amendment. Delegates also adopted the report of SWG-II (UNEP/CBD/WG-ABS/2/L.1/Add.2) without amendment.
Switzerland (right photo: François Pythoud, Switzerland) noted that many sub-working groups' sessions were held without interpretation and requested the Bureau to provide timely information on the availability of interpretation for future meetings. Diann Black Layne, meeting rapporteur, presented the draft report of the meeting (UNEP/CBD/WG-ABS/2/L.1), which was adopted with an amendment proposed by Mexico, stating that the Working Group identified a clear need for an international ABS regime.
Uganda on behalf of the African Group, Mexico on behalf of the LMMC, the EU, Nepal on behalf of the Asian Group, Egypt, Lithuania, Jordan, Palau, Canada and Colombia expressed their appreciation and gratitude to the organizers of the meeting, highlighting the progress made and expressing hope that the fruitful negotiations on an international ABS regime will continue at COP-7. Malaysia invited delegates to COP-7.
Hamdallah Zedan, CBD Executive Secretary (above right) expressed his appreciation for the work done towards the implementation of CBD's third objective. Hans Hoogeveen, Working Group Chair (above left) thanked participants and organizers, and closed the meeting at 1:45 pm.
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Above photo: Nienke and Stefan editing with Elsa Tsioumani
Above photo L-R: Sabrina Shaw, Charlotte and Pia Kohler