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Interregional Negotiating Group (ING) of the Ad-hoc Open Ended Working Group of Access and Benefit-Sharing

18-21 September 2010 | Montréal, Canada

Fountain outside the Palais des CongrèsThe Interregional negotiating group (ING) established to negotiate a draft international protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) to implement the third objective of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met from 18-21 September 2010 in Montreal, Canada. The ING was established during the ninth session of the Ad hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing, held 22-28 March 2010 in Santiago de Cali, Colombia. The ING comprises five representatives for each UN region; two representatives each for indigenous and local communities, civil society, industry and public research; and the representatives of the current and upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP) Presidencies. The spokespersons and representatives can change freely, and discussions are open to the attendance of all Working Group participants. The ING is co-chaired by the ABS Working Group Co-Chairs Timothy Hodges (Canada) and Fernando Casas (Colombia). The ING reconvened during the resumed session of ABS 9, from 10-16 July 2010 in Montreal, Canada, during which it proved to be an efficient negotiation setting. The revised draft protocol, contained in the Annex to the ABS 9 report (UNEP/CBD/COP10/10/5/Add.4) served as basis for further negotiations (the Montreal Annex). More information.
Related Links
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) resources
*Meeting web site
*Report of the second part of the ninth meeting of the ABS Working Group, including draft protocol text
*Information Portal on the ABS negotiations
*Negotiations of the international regime on ABS
*Global Biodiversity Outlook

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Second Part of CBD ABS, 10-16 July, 2010, Montréal, Canada
*IISD RS coverage of CBD ABS 9,  22-28 March 2010, Santiago de Cali, Colombia
*IISD RS coverage of CBD ABS 8, 9-15 November 2009, Montréal, Canada
*IISD RS coverage of the Sixth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions (Article 8(j) WG 6) of the CBD, 2-6 November 2009, Montréal, Canada
*IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the CBD, 19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS coverage of CBD ABS 7, 2-8 April 2009, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Headquarters, Paris, France
*IISD RS coverage of CBD ABS 6, 21-25 January 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
*IISD RS coverage of CBD Article 8(j) WG 5, 15-19 October 2007, Montréal, Canada
*IISD RS coverage of CBD COP 8, 20-31 March 2006, Curitiba, Brazil
*IISD RS archive of biodiversity meetings and backgounder
*Biodiv-L - A mailing list for news on biodiversity and wildlife policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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