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Related Meetings of the Convention

Three open-ended inter-sessional meetings on implementation-related issues have been held to contribute to preparations for the Conference of the Parties.

Inter-sessional Meeting on the Operations of the Convention

(12 documents + 4 recommendations put forward in the final report)

Pursuant to decision IV/16, the Inter-sessional Meeting on the Operations of the Convention (ISOC) was held in Montreal from 28-30 June 1999. The purpose of the meeting was two-fold:

  • To review the operations of the Convention and the programme of work, taking into account proposals made at the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties; and,
  • To initiate discussion on issues related to access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing.

Open-ended Inter-sessional Meeting on the Strategic Plan, National Reports and Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity

(13 Documents + 5 recommendations put forward in the final report)

At its fifth meeting, the Conference of the Parties established an inter-sessional meeting to consider:

  • Development of the Strategic Plan;
  • The second national reports; and,
  • Means to support implementation of the Convention (decision V/20).

The Open-ended Inter-sessional Meeting on the Strategic Plan, National Reports and Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (MSP) was held in Montreal from 19-21 November 2001. The meeting identified work to be carried out prior to the next Conference of the Parties and agreed on a number of recommendations, which were submitted to the sixth Conference of the Parties.

Open-ended Inter-sessional Meeting on the Multi-year Programme of Work of the Conference of the Parties up to 2010

(13 Documents + 5 recommendations put forward in the final report)

By decision VI/28, the Conference of the Parties established the Open-ended Inter-sessional Meeting on the Multi-year Programme of Work of the Conference of the Parties up to 2010 (MYPOW). The meeting, which was held in Montreal from 17-20 March 2003, agreed on recommendations on the following issues:

  • The outcome of the World Summit on Sustainable Development as it relates to the Convention;
  • Implementation of the Convention and the Strategic Plan;
  • The multi-year programme of work of the Conference of the Parties up to 2010;
  • Legal and socio-economic aspects of technology transfer and cooperation; and,
  • The international regime on access and benefit-sharing.
    Recommendations from the meeting were submitted for consideration at the seventh Conference of the Parties.

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme