Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

Event: WIPO IGC 20 [viewed]

The 20th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will continue text-based negotiations for an international instrument/instruments, focusing on genetic resources.  

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Event: Tenth Anniversary of International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources [viewed]

The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) is organizing a celebration on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the treaty. The event will focus on the achievements made so far in the implementation of this international law instrument and on the major policy issues that are still being discussed by countries.  

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Additional Corrections to French Version of Nagoya Protocol Proposed [viewed]

8 November 2011: The UN Secretary-General, acting as depository of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), has circulated a list of additional corrections to the French version of the original text of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS).

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Report Available on International Symposium on COP 10 and COP-MOP 5 [viewed]

8 November 2011: The International Symposium on the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 5) focused on the significance of the new Protocols on biosafety and access and benefit-sharing (ABS).

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Event: CBD Expert Meeting on Compliance Under the Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

The Expert Meeting on cooperative procedures and institutional mechanisms to promote compliance with the Nagoya Protocol and to address cases of non-compliance will be organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  

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Event: Climate Change Mitigation with Indigenous Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the UN University (UNU), in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The workshop aims to: reflect the range of perspectives concerning indigenous peoples/local communities and climate change responses (including mitigation); support the build-up of understanding and peer-reviewed literature in the field of indigenous peoples, local communities and climate change mitigation; compile data and grey literature that are relevant for understanding climate change mitigation involving local and indigenous knowledge holders, local populations, and developing country scientists; support Indigenous peoples', local communities' and developing country scientists' engagement and research in international climate dialogues; provide policy makers with relevant information on the mitigation potential of indigenous peoples and local communities; and outline a publication in a Special Issue of a peer-reviewed scientific journal.  

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Working Group on 8j Adopts Eight Recommendations [viewed]

4 November 2011: The Ad hoc Open-ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted eight recommendations and made progress on additional issues. It faced difficulties, however, addressing three key topics, and did not tackle the issue of revising the CBD terminology from "indigenous and local communities" (ILCs) to “indigenous peoples and local communities” and implications for the Convention's work.

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CBD Working Group on Article 8(j) Convenes in Montreal [viewed]

CBD31 October 2011: The seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened in Montreal, Canada, on Monday, 31 October 2011.

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CIMMYT Introduces Climate-Resilient Crops in Ethiopia and China [viewed]

October 2011: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has reported on the release of new wheat and maize varieties that are resistant to disease and adapted to climate change in China and Ethiopia.

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WIPO General Assembly Renews IGC Mandate [viewed]

5 October 2011: The General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at its 40th (20th ordinary) session, held from 26 September-5 October 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, decided to renew the mandate of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) for the 2012-2013 biennium.

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