Navigating Nagoya: Will CBD COP 10 deliver an ABS Protocol?

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4,
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3
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14 October 2010
14 October 2010
From 18 to 29 October, the 193 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and an uncountable number of civil society actors are expected to meet in Nagoya, Japan for the “Kyoto conference for all living things” – the CBD’s 10th Conference of the Parties (COP). It is a meeting that the...
14 October 2010
The wording of the CBD’s third objective - to ensure the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources - has proven unfortunate and presented a major stumbling block to negotiation of an effective international regime on ABS. A literal definition of...
14 October 2010
While Parties continue to engage in heated discussions regarding the appropriate definition and meaning of genetic resources, its derivatives, use and continued use, a long list of possible exemptions adds further ambiguity to the substantive scope of the Protocol. This is particularly true for...
14 October 2010
The status of genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA) is a category for which matters in the ABS Working Group are complicated by existing rules, procedures and practices. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and...
14 October 2010
Access to biological material with human pathogenic potential is important, as research aimed at the development of new drugs and vaccines is dependent on scientific analysis of the underlying causes of disease. In the circumstance of a potential pandemic, issues surrounding access take on...
14 October 2010
Access to and use of genetic resources is often facilitated through traditional knowledge held by indigenous and local communities. The inclusion of measures to secure protection of traditional knowledge is thus of critical importance for any meaningful international ABS regime. Mention is made of...
14 October 2010
To solve problems related to the monitoring and traceability of genetic resources, ABS negotiations have focused on the development of some form of certificate of origin/source/legal provenance – more recently called a “certificate of compliance.” Closely linked to this tool is the discussion on a...
14 October 2010
The WTO fisheries negotiations are often said to provide the single greatest opportunity for the environment under the faltering Doha Round. The focus is on cutting the subsidies that allow for the overexploitation of fisheries, and thus on safeguarding the resource itself and the significant...
14 October 2010
As negotiators head to Nagoya for another high-level meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity, they will be well behind on their target to halt biodiversity loss by 2010. However, beyond the discussions this week at the CBD, policies and rules on farm trade will also have a major impact on...
14 October 2010
Tuesday 19th 13:15-14:45 ICTSD side event on “Intellectual Property, Trade, and Sustainability: A South South Exchange” Room 233B -Bldg 2, 3rd floor 18:15-19:45 Berne Declaration, African Center for Biosafety, Natural Justice, Third World Network and EED side event on “Ongoing Biopiracy and Lessons...
14 October 2010
ICTSD resources GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS AND THE OBLIGATION TO DISCLOSE THE ORIGIN OF BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS: IS A COMPROMISE POSSIBLE UNDER TRIPS? By Carlos M. Correa. ICTSD Programme on Intellectual Property. Issue Paper No. 8, September 2010. THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX INNOVATIVE OPTIONS FOR AN...