First meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol
6-10 June 2011 (Montreal, Canada)

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resource and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was adopted at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD on 29 October 2010, in Nagoya, Japan. The objective of the Protocol is the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources, including by appropriate access to genetic resources and by appropriate transfer of relevant technologies, taking into account all rights over those resources and to technologies, and by appropriate funding, thereby contributing to the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components. The Protocol addresses traditional knowledge in several provisions. The Intergovernmental Committee for the Protocol was established to undertake the preparations necessary for the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol. At its first meeting, the Committee will consider: the modalities of operation of the ABS Clearing-house; measures to assist in capacity building, capacity development and strengthening of human and institutional capacities in developing countries; measures to raise awareness of the importance of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge; and cooperative procedures and institutional mechanisms to promote compliance with the Protocol and address cases of non-compliance. Visit the meeting webpage … Follow coverage of the meeting by IISD Reporting Services …

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