International Symposium on Domestic Measures to Implement the Obligations under the Nagoya Protocol
The successful Tenth Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD/COP10) — held in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan in 2010 — resulted in many landmark decisions, including the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
The protocol leaves the framing of the domestic measures to implement the obligations under the protocol to the broad discretion of each party, as represented by the phrase “appropriate legislative, administrative or policy measures”. It would, therefore, be quite important for the effective and early implementation of the international regime for Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) to promote international sharing of common understanding of the concepts of the domestic measures pursuant to the core parts of the protocol.
The aim of this public symposium is to facilitate discussions and considerations among countries relevant to the domestic measures. For this purpose, government officials and experts of countries that have already implemented such measures or have advanced relevant discussions are invited, and will be asked to share their experiences and ideas to discuss relevant topics, such as necessary elements for the domestic measures and points to consider.
This symposium is being organzied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) and UNU-ISP.
For more information, or to register to attend, see the symposium announcement on the UNU-ISP website.