KEMENTERIAN LINGKUNGAN HIDUP

REPUBLIK INDONESIA

CURTAIN RAISER

FIFTH MEETING OF THE CARTAGENA PROTOCOL ON BIOSAFETY

11-15 OCTOBER, 2010


The fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) serving as Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 5) opens today in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, and will continue until 15 October, 2010. The meeting was preceded by the fourth meeting of the Group of Friends of the Co-Chairs on Liability and Redress (CCLR 4) in the context of the Biosafety Protocol, and will be immediately followed by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the CBD.

COP/MOP 5 will address a number of issues relating to the Protocol’s implementation, including: compliance; the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH); capacity building; financial mechanisms and resources; and cooperation with other organizations, conventions and initiatives. The meeting will also consider substantive issues arising from the Medium-term Work Programme and previous COP/MOP Decisions, namely: handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of LMOs; risk assessment and risk management; liability and redress; assessment and review; and public awareness and participation.

CCLR 4 convened from 5-10 October to address outstanding issues with regard to the draft supplementary protocol on liability and redress in the context of the Biosafety Protocol, namely financial security, the definition of “LMOs and products thereof,