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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 Thursday, 16 March 2006

Delegates to the third Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP-3) met on Thursday in working group and contact group sessions. Working Group I (WG-I) considered draft decisions on subsidiary bodies and living modified organisms (LMOs) in transit, and adopted its report. Working Group II (WG-II) considered draft decisions on compliance and the financial mechanism. A contact group on budget met throughout the day. A Friends of the Co-Chairs group met in the evening to continue consideration of documentation requirements for LMOs for food, feed or for processing (LMO-FFPs) (Article 18.2(a)).

Above photo: Brazilian farmers opposed retention of the "may contain" language in Article 18.2(a), while the Brazilian military police secured the conference grounds.



The EU and CAMEROON called for deleting an operational paragraph noting that transit parties do not assume obligations of the party of export, explaining it was not consistent with a subsequent invitation of views and experience on the rights and/or obligations of transit parties.

Above photo: Chair Ivars in discussion with the EU, Brazil and Japan.

UGANDA proposed adding an operational reference to the rights of transit parties to regulate the transport of LMOs through their territories.

Above photo: David Hafashimana (Uganda) consulting with Mary Fosi Mantenkhu (Cameroon)
WG-I Chair Ivars established a small Friends of the Chair group to continue discussions

Above photo L-R: Chair Ivars with Kirsty Galloway (CBD)


On the preamble, COLOMBIA suggested deleting references to the COP not having provided guidance to the GEF on the development of the resource allocation framework (RAF), as there had been no COP meeting during that period.

Above photo L-R: Elizabeth Hodson and Ana Maria Hernandez (Colombia)

SOUTH AFRICA proposed, and delegates agreed, to replace language regarding the need to establish "basic capacity" to implement the Protocol with "at least base-level of" capacity.

Above photo: Ben Durham (South Africa)

The GEF explained that the RAF originated as a condition set out by donors as part of the 2002 third GEF replenishment, and agreed upon by the GEF Council in 2005, adding that all CBD parties are represented in the GEF Council.

Above photo L-R: Paz Valiente and Mario Ramos (GEF)

The EU opposed a proposal by PERU to consider the establishment of a special fund for biosafety.

Above photo: Linda Brown (Austria)

After informal consultations, PERU agreed to delete the paragraph on a special fund for biosafety.

Above photo: Maria Luisa del Rio Mispireta  (Peru)

Above photo L-R: The WG-II dais with Yibin Xiang (CBD), WG-II Chair Rey Santos and Erie Tamale (CBD)


Above photo R-L: Ositadinma Anaedu , Chair of the contact group on budget with Cyrie Shendashonga COP/MOP-3 Secretary.

Above photo: The contact group on Article 18.2(a) met briefly in the afternoon to hear a report on deliberations in the Friends of the Co-Chairs group.

Above photo: Contact group Co-Chairs François Pythoud (Switzerland) and Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado  (Brazil)


Above photos: Youth delegates reminded members of the Friends of the Co-Chairs group, as they prepared to begin their evening deliberations, that their negotiations of the documentation requirements for LMO-FFPs "contain" their future. 

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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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ENB coverage of  Ad Hoc Working Group on Liability and Redress-2 under the Biosafety Protocol

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