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First Meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ICNP-1)

5-10 June 2011 | Montréal, Canada
 
Summary Highlights of the Meeting
 
DAILY WEB COVERAGE

L-R: Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary; Co-Chair Janet Lowe, New Zealand; Co-Chair Fernando Casas, Colombia; and Valerie Normand, CBD

Friday, 10 June 2011

On Friday morning, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP) adopted four recommendations on: capacity building, awareness raising, the ABS clearinghouse, and cooperative procedures and institutional mechanisms on compliance. The Committee then discussed other matters, and heard closing statements.

Cameroon, for the African Group, stated that following uncertainties about the future of the Protocol after Nagoya, ICNP 1 had charted the way forward towards implementation. Saint Lucia, for Latin America and the Caribbean, called for a strong partnership with the Secretariat in ensuring capacity building and awareness raising. India, for the Asia-Pacific Group, urged delegates to “get over the negotiation mode” and work more positively towards implementation.

The Philippines for the Like-Minded Megadiverse Countries recommended that ICNP 2: design compliance procedures in relation to ongoing practices of “biopiracy” with the full participation of relevant stakeholders, and provide concrete proposals to facilitate a common understanding on the tracking of the use of genetic resources and traditional knowledge in the clearinghouse, noting the importance of the clearinghouse as a tool to facilitate compliance. Ukraine, on behalf of Central and Eastern Europe, stressed the importance of awareness raising among policymakers; and the pilot phase of the ABS clearing house.

The EU commended all parties for moving into full implementation mode to complete the tasks needed in time for COP/MOP 1. Japan, on behalf of the COP Presidency, expressed hope that all preparatory activities be completed by ICNP 2. The International Indigenous Forum for Biodiversity and the Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council called for the “full and effective participation,” rather than just “involvement,” of indigenous and local communities. Co-Chair Lowe drew the meeting to a close at 12:41 pm.

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L-R: Desmond Mahon, Canada; Seizo Sumida, Japan; and Monica Rosell Medina, Peru
 
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L-R: Ines Verleye, Belgium; Dries Van Eeckhoutte, EU; and Gemedo Dalle Tussie; Ethiopia.
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L-R: Ossama El-Tayeb, Egypt, with Chee Yoke Ling, Third World Network.
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L-R: Abdou Chakour Chadhouliati, Comoros, in a conversation with Mensah Bienvenu Celestin Bossou, Benin
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L-R: Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary, reviewing text with Valerie Normand, CBD.
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Dubravka Stepic, Rapporteur

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Liu Guozhi, China
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Florina Lopez Miro, IIFB

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Sergiy Gubar, Ukraine

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L-R: Hugo Schally, EU, and Ditta Greguss, Hungary

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M.F. Farooqui, India

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Manuel Gerochi, the Philippines

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Mohamed Ag Hamaty, Mali

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Alejandro Lago Candeira, Spain

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View of the closing plenary.

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L-R: Noriko Moriwake, Japan, consulting with Atsushi Suginaka, Japan.

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L-R: Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary in a lively discussion with Cheikh Ould Sidi Mohamed, Mauritania, and Abdou Chakour Chadhouliati, Comoros.

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Co-Chairs Casas and Lowe gaveled the meeting to a close at 12:41 pm (EST)
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Thursday, 09 June 2011

On Thursday morning, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol considered draft recommendations on awareness raising and on compliance. On compliance, delegates discussed whether views on elements and options for compliance procedures and mechanisms under the Nagoya Protocol should take into account the lessons learned from: other multilateral treaties or only other multilateral “environmental” agreements; and the Cartagena Protocol and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in particular. Delegates then held protracted discussions on possible next steps on compliance procedures and mechanisms, including convening: an expert group; a regionally balanced Friends of the Co-Chairs group; or a small group of experts and representatives selected by the regions.

In the afternoon, delegates considered a revised recommendation on the modalities of operation of the ABS clearinghouse, debating whether to address, and if so whether in the pilot phase or at INCP 2, the unresolved issues identified by the April 2011 expert group on the clearinghouse: notification of permits or their equivalents, updating internationally recognized certificates of compliance, third party transfer, tracking the utilization of genetic resources, identification of subject matter or genetic resources covered by the certificate, and confidential information.

In the evening, the Committee took up a revised recommendation on measures to assist capacity building and capacity development.

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L-R: Somaly Chan, Cambodia; Co-Chair Lowe; Léontine Crisson, the Netherlands; Nicola Breier, Germany; Prudence Tangham Galega, Cameroon; Nisakorn Kositratna, Thailand; Suyapa Triminio Meyer, Honduras; and Margarita Salazar, Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarollo

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Like-Minded in Spirit Group of Women at ICPN 1 Montreal, Canada
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Wednesday, 08 June 2011

On Wednesday, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol continued discussions on compliance. Co-Chair Casas explained that: parties to the Protocol are bound by international law to comply with all their obligations under the Protocol, noting that these obligations include compliance with the Protocol articles on domestic legislation and with mutually agreed terms; and if a party does not take these compliance-related measures, this is considered non-compliance under the Protocol and will be reviewed under the compliance mechanism to be established by the COP/MOP. Delegates debated whether this clarification should be reflected in the meeting report, or whether the relevant meeting document should be amended or withdrawn, with the Secretariat proposing to issue a revised version.

In the afternoon, delegations further discussed these options, as well as possible interpretations of Protocol Articles 15-16 and 18 on compliance with national legislation and mutually agreed terms, debating whether a differentiation should be made between States’ compliance with their international obligations under the Protocol, on the one hand, and users’ compliance at the domestic level, on the other. Delegates also exchanged views on the possible modalities of the compliance procedure and next steps.

The Committee reconvened in the evening, when delegates considered draft recommendations on the modalities of operation of the ABS Clearinghouse, and on capacity-building.

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Participants in informal consultations on compliance.
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L-R: Ed McIsaac, New Zealand; Léontine Crisson, the Netherlands; and Krishna Chandra Paudel, Nepal

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Tuesday, 07 June 2011


On Tuesday morning, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol discussed measures to assist in capacity building, capacity development and strengthening of human and institutional capacities in developing countries, focusing on a possible strategic approach to assist in capacity building and development for ABS under the Protocol, and on a process to further address the issue of capacity before the Protocol’s first meeting of the parties.

The Committee then discussed early experiences and lessons learnt on raising awareness on ABS, as well as the proposed elements and timetable for a strategy on awareness raising on the Nagoya Protocol. Delegates debated whether to submit a revised strategy for adoption by the Protocol’s first meeting of parties or to identify further intersessional work on the strategy.

In the afternoon, the Committee started discussions on cooperative procedures and institutional mechanisms to promote compliance with the Protocol and address cases of non-compliance. Delegates exchanged views on the elements and options for compliance procedures and mechanisms under the Nagoya Protocol, making reference to the compliance mechanisms under the Cartagena Protocol and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Delegates debated whether Protocol Article 30 (procedures and mechanisms to promote compliance with the Protocol) is related to compliance with domestic measures and mutually agreed terms under Protocol Articles 15-16 and 18. The Secretariat announced the circulation of a legal explanatory note as a non-paper on Wednesday morning, when discussion will continue on compliance.

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Bird's eye view of the ICPN 1 plenary session.
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L-R: Javad Mozafari, Iran, in discussions with Elpidio Peria, the Philippines.

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Monday, 06 June 2011

On Monday, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol heard opening statements, addressed organizational matters, and discussed the modalities of operation of the Clearinghouse on access and benefit-sharing (ABS). Co-Chair Lowe reminded delegates that the focus has shifted from negotiating the content of a possible agreement on access and benefit sharing, to implementing an agreed Protocol.

In a video message, Edward Norton, UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Convention on Biological Diversity, urged all countries to ratify the Nagoya Protocol. Hélène Mandroux, Mayor of Montpellier, France, stressed the importance of engaging local actors in raising awareness on biodiversity conservation, especially the youth. Monique Barbut, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, reported that Japan, France, Norway and Switzerland are donors to the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund; and encouraged all parties to ratify the Protocol and put in place a legal regime that is attractive to investors.

Ahmed Djoghlaf
, CBD Executive Secretary, launched the new Arabic section of the CBD website, and congratulated the twenty-four states that signed the Protocol, expressing hope that it will enter into force no later than 10 July 2012 and that its first meeting of parties will be convened back-to-back with the biodiversity summit scheduled in October 2012 in Hyderabad, India.

The Committee then considered the modalities of operation of the ABS Clearinghouse, focusing on: phased development, information to be incorporated on a priority basis, submission of information, information management, networking with existing mechanisms, capacity building, reporting requirements, resource requirements and tentative timeline.


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Edward Norton, UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Convention on Biological Diversity,
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L-R: Dais with Hélène Mandroux, Mayor of Montpellier; Monique Barbut, CEO and Chairperson of the GEF;
Co-Chair Fernando Casas, Colombia; Co-Chair Janet Lowe, New Zealand; Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive
Secretary, and Valerie Normand, CBD.
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Sunday, 05 June 2011


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 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.


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Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary

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Hoshino Kazuaki, COP Presidency

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ICNP1 plenary welcomed the election of Janet Lowe, New Zealand to co-chair with Fernando Casas, Colombia.

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Related Links
CBD resources
*Meeting website
*Meeting documents
*Meeting annotated agenda
*Side events
*Capacity-building Workshop on Access and Benefit-sharing
*CBD webpage on the Nagoya Protocol
*Nagoya Protocol text

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Fourth Session of the Governing Body (GB) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), 14-18 March 2011, Bali, Indonesia
*IISD RS coverage of the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 18-29 October 2010, Nagoya, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at CBD COP 10, 18-29 October 2010, Nagoya, Japan
*IISD RS archive of meetings on biodiversity
*Biodiversity-L - A mailing list for news on biodiversity and wildlife policy
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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