ICCP 1 Recommendation I/5

Handling, transport, packaging and identification (Article 18)

1.         Invites Parties to the Convention, Governments and relevant international organizations to submit to the Executive Secretary information on their existing practices, rules and standards relevant to Article 18 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety by 31 March 2001;

2.         Requests the Executive Secretary, based on the information provided pursuant to the above paragraph and other relevant information, to prepare for the consideration of the second meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety:

(a)        A synthesis of these practices, rules and standards; and

(b)        Options for coordinating the work under Article 18 with the work of other relevant international bodies;

3.         Requests the Executive Secretary, subject to the necessary financial resources being made available, to convene a meeting of government-nominated technical experts in handling, transport, packaging and identification, taking into account the need for regional representation, transparency, equity and the need for cooperation with relevant intergovernmental organizations, to consider on the basis of information submitted under paragraph 1, the needs and modalities for developing measures for Parties to meet their future obligations pursuant to paragraphs 2(b) and 2(c) of Article 18, and to prepare a report on their deliberations and recommendations for consideration by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety at its second meeting;

4.         Welcomes the generous offer of the Governments of France and of Canada to provide financial support for the convening of a technical expert group and the further offer of France to host and Canada to co-host that meeting;

5.         Urges developed country Parties to the Convention to the extent necessary to provide further financial support for the meeting of technical experts referred to in the preceding paragraph to the Executive Secretary as soon as possible and in any event no later than 31 January 2001;