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Third Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

13-17 March 2006| Curitiba, Brazil

Highlights for Wednesday, 15 March 2006

Delegates to the third meeting of the parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP-3) met on Wednesday in the morning in Working Group I (WG-I) and during the day in Working Group II (WG-II). A contact group on budget met throughout the day and a contact group on detailed requirements for documentation and identification of living modified organisms for food, feed or processing (Article 18.2(a)) met in the afternoon and evening. Working Group I (WG-I) considered draft decisions on: subsidiary bodies; scientific and technical issues; handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI); biosafety clearing house (BCH); and risk assessment and risk management. Working Group II (WG-II) considered draft decisions on assessment and review of implementation, compliance, financial mechanism, capacity building, roster of experts, monitoring and reporting.

Above photo: Delegates from Africa discussing text on Compliance. 



ZAMBIA favored establishing a scientific subsidiary body, while most delegates cautioned against this, and recommended deferring deliberations on the issue.

Above photo: Mwananyanda Mbikusita Lewanika (Zambia)

MEXICO noted the possibility for support by the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice.

Above photo: Marco Antonio Meraz (Mexico) reading the ENB.
INDIA favored creating ad hoc technical expert groups (AHTEGs).

Above photo: Manoransan Hota (India)


CANADA , called for clarifying the Protocol's provisions relating specifically to the transit of LMOs.

Above photo L-R: Stephen Yarrow and Barry Stemshorn (Canada)

PARAGUAY and BRAZIL stressed the need for a clear definition of transit under the Protocol.

Above photo: Maria Cristina Torres (Paraguay)

ARGENTINA said transit should not trigger additional documentation requirements for the transit State.

Above photo: Alejandra Sarquis (Argentina)


COLOMBIA suggested recalling that Article 26 (Socioeconomic considerations) plays a role in decision making.

Above photo: Eugenia Méndez (Colombia)

SOUTH AFRICA said that additional guidance may be needed on long-term monitoring of LMOs.

Above photo: Alf Wills (South Africa)

Above photo L-R: The WG-I dais with Worku Damena (CBD), WG-I Chair Birthe Ivars, Kirsty Galloway (CBD) and Ryan Hill (CBD).



Chair Rey Santos introduced a draft decision on Assessment and Review. Most parties supported the proposal.

Above photo L-R:
Chair Rey Santos confers with Erie Tamale and Yibin Xiang (CBD)

JAPAN said the process should be as simple as possible at this stage, and the EU proposed also consulting other stakeholders, including the private sector.

Above photo: Kazuo Watanabe (Japan)
The EU said the process for evaluation should be simple, but its extent should be comprehensive.

Above photo: Thomas Loidl (Austria on behalf of the EU)


CANADA noted that rules on conflicts of interest should prevent members from voting in matters concerning their own country.

Above photo: Anne Daniel (Canada)

BRAZIL highlighted that the compliance mechanism should be facilitative and cooperative.

Above photo: Hadil da Rocha Vianna (Brazil)

CHINA proposed differentiated consequences for non-compliance, noting that in developing countries non-compliance may result from the lack of capacity.

Above photo: Xue Dayuan (China)


KIRIBATI, supported DOMINICA's view that the GEF’s new Resource Allocation Framework (RAF) had several negative implications for small island developing states (SIDS) and requested the inclusion of SIDS and countries with economies in transition in the draft.

Above photo: Tererei Abete-Reema (Kiribati)
EL SALVADOR requested ensuring continuity of GEF projects on national biosafety frameworks that are already in progress.

Above photo: Jorge Ernesto Quezada Diaz (El Salvador)  

SOUTH AFRICA expressed concerns that country allocations may be too small for adequate implementation of biosafety frameworks. 

Above photo L-R: Sem Taukondjo Shikongo (Namibia), Alf Wills (South Africa) and Elmo Thomas (Namibia)


Delegates resumed work on the basis of the Brazilian proposal. 

Above photos L-R:
Contact group chairs Fran�ois Pythoud (Switzerland) and Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado  (Brazil); packed contact group session; the contact group dais with Worku Damena (CBD), Ryan Hill (CBD) and Chairs Pythoud and Machado.

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Related Links
CBD Secretariat
COP8 / MOP3 CBD Secretariat website
COP8 / MOP3 Brazilian Secretariat website
Global Message of Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf on achieving the 2010 Biodiversity Target
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Web page
COP/MOP3 Documents
COP-8 Documents
FAO CGRFA Website 
UNIDO Biosafety Information Network Advisory Network (BINAS)

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