Highlights and images for 18 November 2018



Seizo Sumida, Japan, in a conversation with COP 14 participants

COP 14 On Sunday, Working Group I (WG I) addressed: progress in the implementation of the Convention and the Strategic Plan; assessment and review of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS); digital sequence information (DSI) on genetic resources; and specialized international ABS agreements. WG II considered: synthetic biology; risk assessment and risk management under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety; unintentional transboundary movements and emergency measures under the Cartagena Protocol; transit and contained use of living modified organisms; the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress; and socio-economic considerations under the Cartagena Protocol. A contact group on synthetic biology met in the evening.

For more details on the day’s events and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB).

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily reports, daily web coverage, and a summary and analysis from the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference.

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View of Working Group I
Hayo Haanstra, (the Netherlands), Chair of Working Group I
Jyoti Mathur-Filipp, CBD Secretariat
L-R: Leina Al-Awadhi, Shareefa Sultan Al-Salem, and Abdullah Al-Zaidan, Kuwait
Nouf Ali Al-Wasmi, Bahrain
El Hadj Sy, Mali
Ruth Spencer, CBD Women's Network
Xu Jing, China
L-R: Amelia Arreguín and Christian Schwarzer, Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN)
Luciana Melchert, Brazil
Parkinson Ndonye, Kenya
Joji Cariño, IIFB
Verona Collantes, UN Women
L-R: Jyoti Mathur-Filipp, CBD Secretariat; Hayo Haanstra (the Netherlands), Chair of Working Group I; and Robert Höft, CBD Secretariat
View of Working Group II
Clarissa Nina, (Brazil), Chair of Working Group II
Alexander Shestakov, CBD Secretariat
Manoela Pessoa de Miranda, CBD Secretariat
Ahmed Birouk, Morocco
Sujata Arora, India
Biodiversity blocks around the venue featuring various wildlife and habitats
Hesiquio Benitez Diaz, Mexico
Keiko Okamoto, Japan
Jaime Montoya, the Philippines
Silvia Ribeiro, ETC Group
Martin Krebs, Switzerland
Gurdial Singh, Malaysia
Eny Sudarmonowati, Indonesia
L-R: Alexander Shestakov, CBD Secretariat; Clarissa Nina, (Brazil), Chair of Working Group II; and Manoela Pessoa de Miranda, CBD Secretariat
Sheila Vergara, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, with Delfin Ganapin, WWF
L-R: Belal Alhayek, Syria; Raed Bani-Hani, Jordan; Issa Albaradeiya, State of Palestine; and Lahcene Rekik, CBD Secretariat
COP 14 participants at the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, China, exhibition booth
Virtual reality demonstration at the Costa Rica exhibition booth
Egyptian pavilion at COP 14



Negotiating blocs
Association of South East Asian Nations
Non-state coalitions