The 22nd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 22) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened Monday morning, 2 July 2018, in Montreal, Canada. SBSTTA Chair Theresa Mundita Lim (Philippines) implored delegates to focus on the provision of scientific, technical, and technological advice, rather than politics. CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Pașca Palmer highlighted that while significant progress has been made, biodiversity loss is continuing at alarming rates.
Following the opening plenary, delegates engaged in discussions on the following agenda items:
- Digital sequence information on genetic resources (DSI);
- Risk assessment and risk management of living modified organisms (LMOs); and
- Synthetic biology.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis from SBSTTA 22 and SBI 2.
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L-R: Worku Damena Yifru, CBD Secretariat; Alexander Shestakov, CBD Secretariat; SBSTTA 22 Chair Theresa Mundita Lim, the Philippines; CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer; and CBD Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper
CBD SBSTTA 22 paused for a moment of silence in memory of Cheikh Ould Sidi Mohamed, Mauritania; Benoit Nzigidahera, Burundi; and Johansen Voker, Liberia.
Ilham Atho Mohamed, Maldives
L-R: Alexander Shestakov, CBD Secretariat; Ilham Atho Mohamed (Maldives), SBSTTA Bureau; and Manoela Pessoa de Miranda, CBD Secretariat
Shirin Karryeva, Turkmenistan
Mphatso Martha Kalemba, Malawi
Leina Al-Awadhi, Kuwait
L-R: Abdul-Hakim Aulaiah, Yemen; Belal Alhayek, Syria; and Raed Bani-Hani, Jordan, in informal
discussions on synthetic biology
L-R: Kimo Goree, Vice President IISD; Elfriede Anna More, Austria; and Horst Korn, Germany
L-R: Sugeng Harmono, Andri Wahyono, Endah Ambarwati, Lulu Agustina,
and Dirhansyah Conbul, Indonesia
L-R: Segundo Angel Onofa Guayasamin, Wilson Rojas, Andrés Ricardo Factos Mendoza,
and Alba Katherine Calles Procel, Ecuador
Delegates from Thailand
L-R: Johany Martinez, Franca d'Amico, and Lisa Pedicelli, CBD Secretariat