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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 Monday, 6 June 2011
 
DAILY WEB COVERAGE

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.

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.

Edward Norton, UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Convention on Biological Diversity,
addressed the plenary through a video message from Africa.
 
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Hélène Mandroux, Mayor of Montpellier, France

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Monique Barbut, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Fund (GEF)

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Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary, presented the Arabic version of the CBD website during the morning plenary session.
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Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary

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Shakeel Bahti, Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR)

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Dubravka Stepic, Rapporteur (Croatia)

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Manuel Gerochi, the Philippines

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Ditta Greguss, Hungary, speaking on behalf of the EU

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Leonard Hirsch, United States

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Roger Hunka, Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council

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M.F. Farooqui, India

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Marco Rebelo, Portugal

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Birthe Ivars, Norway

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Francis Ogwal, Uganda

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Teresa Cruz, Cuba

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Jean-Patrick Le Duc, France

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Ossama El-Tayeb, Egypt

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Javad Mozafari, Iran

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Bronze fountain sculpture entitled La Joute (the Joust) by reknowned Quebec artist Jean-Paul Riopelle, the background is the multi-colored glass panes of the Palais de Congres in Montreal.

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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
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*African Regional Coverage
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