Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

SPC Announces Initiative to Conserve Forest Genetic Materials [viewed]

19 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has begun working with Pacific Island countries (PICs) to encourage regional conservation and the sharing of forest genetic materials, specifically germplasm of priority wood species, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Quarterly Report of Convention [viewed]

CBD16 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the 53rd issue of the Quarterly Report on the Administration of the Convention, covering the period from 1 April-30 June 2011.

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CBD June Bulletin Highlights Meetings on ABS, NBSAPs, Biosafety [viewed]

CBD12 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for June 2011, which includes reports on, among others, the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), and regional workshops on updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).

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RRI, Oxfam Dialogue Highlights Linkages between Forestry, Climate Change and Food Security Issues [viewed]

9 September 2011: The Tenth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue, which convened from 7-8 September 2011, in The Hague, the Netherlands, focused on common approaches to dealing with the challenges of food security and climate change.

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CBD COP Presidents Call for Nagoya Implementation [viewed]

7 September 2011: Representatives of past and future Presidencies of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have issued a call for "urgent action on the implementation of the successful Nagoya Outcomes."

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CBD, Union for Ethical BioTrade to Cooperate on Strategic Plan [viewed]

18 August 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) seeking to contribute to the implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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Event: Signing Ceremony for Nagoya Protocol on ABS [viewed]

A signing ceremony for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) will take place on the margins of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly.  

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Event: Ministerial Breakfast Briefing on Nagoya Protocol on ABS [viewed]

This briefing is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and in partnership with Japan as President of the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the CBD. It will take place on the margins of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly.  

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UN Secretary-General Circulates Note on Implementation of Rio Conventions [viewed]

10 August 2011: In preparation of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Secretary-General has circulated a background note on the implementation of UN environmental conventions, including the reports submitted by the Secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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CGIAR Names Director for New Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry [viewed]

8 August 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has named Rober Nasi as the Director of the CGIAR Research Program No. 6: Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: Livelihoods, Landscapes and Governance.

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