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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
 
Highlights for Sunday, 5 June 2011
 
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L-R: Dais during the opening plenary with Valerie Normand, CBD; Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary; Kazuaki Hoshino, COP Presidency; Co-Chair Janet Lowe, New Zealand and Co-Chair Fernando Casas, Colombia.
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.

View of ICNP1 participants during opening plenary.
 
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The Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ICNP) opened on Sunday, 5 June 2011, in Montreal, Canada. Delegates elected Janet Lowe (New Zealand) to co-chair the ICNP, alongside Fernando Casas (Colombia). Delegates also elected the ICNP Bureau. The Committee will begin its substantive work on Monday, 6 June.
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Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary

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Hoshino Kazuaki, COP 10 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

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*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
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