Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

Global Consultation on Agrobiodiversity Addresses South-South Cooperation [viewed]

13 February 2013: A three day Global Consultation, titled "Use and Management of Agrobiodiversity for Sustainable Food Security," provided an opportunity for developing world stakeholders and international organizations to review the role of conservation in the use of agro-biodiversity for sustainable agricultural development.

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WIPO IGC 23 Advances on Text on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources [viewed]

11 February 2013: Convened from 4-8 February 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) further streamlined the draft text of an international legal instrument on intellectual property and genetic resources, which will be submitted to the WIPO General Assembly, to be held from 23 September - 2 October 2013. However, several brackets remain indicating delegates' divergent opinions on key issues under negotiation.

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Report on the First Project Portfolio of the ITPGR Benefit-sharing Fund Available Online [viewed]

February 2013: The report on the first round of the project cycle of the Benefit-sharing Fund, published by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), has been made available online. It contains financial and technical information related to the overall operation of the first project portfolio of the Benefit-sharing Fund, provides an overview of its results and presents a number of lessons learned and recommendations drawn from the execution of the first round of the project cycle.

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CBD Executive Secretary Briefs UN Secretary-General on Links between Biodiversity and Sustainable Development [viewed]

CBD7 February 2013: In a working visit to UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 14-16 January 2013, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), briefed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the major outcomes of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD, underlining the importance of these decisions for the sustainable development agenda.

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Bioversity Paper Examines Malaysia's Implementation of the ITPGR MLS [viewed]

December 2012: Authored by Gurdial Singh Nijar, this study examines a number of issues related to Malaysia's implementation of the Multilateral System (MLS) of access and benefit-sharing (ABS) created by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR).

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CGIAR Partners Decode Chickpea Genome [viewed]

28 January 2013: In a breakthrough that may lead to new, improved varieties of chickpeas with drought tolerance and disease resistance, scientists from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) have decoded the genome sequences of 90 chickpea varieties from 10 countries.

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Bioversity Publication Focuses on ITPGR MLS Implementation in Kenya, Morocco, Philippines, Peru [viewed]

January 2013: Edited by Isabel López Noriega, Michael Halewood and Isabel Lapeña, Bioversity International has published a volume that includes four case studies highlighting the incentives, disincentives, opportunities and constraints for Kenya, Morocco, Peru and the Philippines in the implementation of the Multilateral System (MLS) of access and benefit-sharing (ABS) established under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), as well as the measures that could be adopted at the national level to advance the Treaty's implementation.

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European Program for Plant Genetic Resources Releases Steering Committee Report [viewed]

January 2013: The European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR) has released the Steering Committee Report from its 13th Meeting, during which participants discussed the transition of the ECPGR program to its next phase (2014-2018)

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Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources Prepares Recommendations [viewed]

FAO25 January 2013: The Second Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources brought together 53 member and observer countries at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The Working Group considered the preparation and key findings of the publication The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources, as well as priority areas for action and follow up.

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Event: CBD Expert Meeting on Capacity Building for Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

This expert meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will develop a draft strategic framework for capacity building and development in support of the effective implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (Nagoya Protocol).  

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