With a grant from the Swiss Confederation, UNITAR is working with partners to support effective negotiations on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing (ABS). An International Regime on ABS is currently under negotiation and is expected to be finalized by the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, scheduled to convene in Nagoya, Japan, in 2010.
Initial activities under this project include the organization of two workshops in collaboration with the GTZ-led initiative on ABS Capacity Development for Africa. The workshops have provided ABS focal points and negotiators from African countries who are involved in the Ad Hoc Opened Ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABSWG) with an opportunity to analyze the outcomes of the recent ABS expert meetings on compliance and concepts, terms, working definitions and sectoral approaches. In addition to providing training on effective negotiation techniques, the workshop have enabled participants to analyze recent submissions made by Parties for the seventh meeting of the Working Group (ABS-WG7) and discuss options for negotiation and convergence of views.
UNITAR is also undertaking analytical work on investigating alternative options for linking compliance measures with access and benefit-sharing standards, with a view to provide input between the seventh and eights meetings of the Ad Hoc Opened-ended Working Group.
Support for Effective ABS Negotiations is one of the Institute’s projects related to biological diversity, and is a cross fertilization between the UNITAR Multilateral Diplomacy Programme and the Environment Unit.
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