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19 March 



Open-ended Inter-sessional Meeting on the Multi-Year Programme of Work up to 2010 of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity  
17 - 20 March 2003 | Montreal, Canada


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Highlights for
Wednesday, 19 March 2003

Delegates met in working groups throughout the day. Working Group I (WG-I) continued discussions on: the CBD's contribution to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) process; an international regime for access and benefit-sharing (ABS); and legal and socioeconomic aspects of technology transfer and cooperation. It also adopted its report (UNEP/CBD/MYPOW/WG.I/L.1). Working Group II (WG-II) considered: the review of progress on implementing the Convention and the Strategic Plan; the multi-year programme of work of the Conference of the Parties (COP) up to 2010 (MYPOW-2010); and ecological networks and corridors. It also adopted its report (UNEP/CBD/MYPOW/WG.II/L.1). Above photo: The WG I dias chaired by Desh Deepak Verma, India (center) with Hamdallah Zedan, CBD Executive Secretary  (right) and Arthur Nogueira, CBD Secretariat (left).


Working Group I:


BRAZIL suggested that the CBD support strengthening the CSD, and highlights its incorporation of WSSD outcomes.

PAKISTAN proposed drawing upon the Water, Energy, Health, Agriculture, and Biodiversity (WEHAB) initiative and WSSD outcomes to implement CBD work programmes.

AUSTRALIA later introduced the new text, highlighting streamlining and reflection of the mutual supportiveness between the MDGs and CSD with the CBD's objectives.


Regarding the preamble,
Mexico (left), on behalf of the LIKE-MINDED MEGADIVERSE COUNTRIES (LMMC), suggested prioritizing the mandated international regime, while the EC
stressed including WSSD references to the Bonn Guidelines.

CANADA recommended input from indigenous and local communities, and reference to the Working Group on Article 8(j) on traditional knowledge.

VENEZUELA suggested information on experience in using, rather than implementing, the Bonn Guidelines.

The UN UNIVERSITY called for providing information on measures taken to implement ABS-related CBD provisions.

Following consultations (right), delegates approved the document, agreeing that the ABS Working Group should provide advice to COP-7, and that the regime should address both access and benefit-sharing.


The EC called for consistency of mechanisms to access public domain and proprietary technologies.

The NGO CAUCUS and CIBN suggested referencing prior informed consent (PIC) rather than approval of indigenous and local communities.

The CANADIAN INDIGENOUS BIODIVERSITY NETWORK (CIBN) highlighted community-community exchange when promoting the use of traditional technologies and benefiting from their transfer, and called for preventing or mitigating the negative impacts of technology transfers on cultures and traditional lifestyles.

Working Group I I:


CHINA (far left) stressed the need to revise national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).

BRAZIL proposed a balanced approach between indicators and assessment, identifying obstacles, and implementation through national plans.


NORWAY supported a paragraph reflecting the WSSD outcomes, WEHAB initiative, and the MDGs. KENYA proposed analyzing impediments to achieving the Strategic Plan's goals.


COLOMBIA prioritized biodiversity loss and suggested further studies before in-depth consideration.

SWITZERLAND recommended building upon WSSD provisions on protected areas, the work programme on forest biodiversity, and SBSTTA's recommendations on coastal and marine biodiversity.

HUNGARY, observed that ecological networks are broader than protected areas, and include corridors, habitat and species protection, and managed areas for conservation and sustainable use.

The EC recalled the WSSD call for synergies between multilateral environmental agreements and endorsed an EU proposal for a Global Partnership on Biodiversity.

CBD Reception:



ENB Summary of  CBD SBSTTA-7 ( HTML or PDF )

CBD Secretariat web site with official documents 

ENB's Introduction to CBD



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