On Wednesday, 14 December, delegates continued negotiations on draft decisions in the Working Groups (WG), contact groups, and Friends of the Chair groups. WG I addressed draft decisions under the Cartagena Protocol on: the roster of experts; cooperation with other conventions; the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH); socioeconomic considerations; and assessment and review. WG I further addressed draft decisions under the Nagoya Protocol on: cooperation with other conventions; the ABS Clearing-House; and the financial mechanism. WG II addressed a draft decision on ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs). Contact groups and Friends of the Chair groups met throughout the day to address: Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge); risk assessment and risk management of living modified organisms (LMOs); mainstreaming; synergies; capacity building; the financial mechanism; and sequence information on genetic resources.
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Working Group I
L-R: Valerie Normand, CBD Secretariat; WG I Chair Mette Gervin Damsgaard (Denmark); and Ravi Sharma, CBD Secretariat
Pierre du Plessis, Namibia
L-R: Edda Fernández and Elleli Huerta Ocampo, Mexico
Delegates from the Republic of Korea consulting
L-R: Jaqueline Monterre, Edis Solórzano, Carliz Díaz, and Anabel Arvelaez, Venezuela
Working Group II
WG II Chair Malta Qwathekana (South Africa) consulting with the Secretariat
Vittorio de Cristofaro, Italy
Jin Han Kim, Republic of Korea
Martijn Pijs, EU
L-R: Mark Zimsky and Yoko Watanabe, Global Environment Facility (GEF)
L-R: Marina von Weissenberg and Ilkka Heikkinen, Finland
L-R: Joni Jackson, Stewart Panton, and Andrea Donaldson, Jamaica
COP 13 Snapshots
Internet computer stations
Posters from the CEPA fair
Flags of UN member states