The United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, will convene an “Informal Meeting for the Implementation of Articles 19 and 20 of the Nagoya Protocol”. This event will be held from 25 – 26 March 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.
The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization was adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at its tenth meeting on 29 October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan. The Protocol, which broadly seeks to contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, will enter into force 90 days after the fiftieth instrument of ratification. In February 2013, fifteen Parties to the CBD had ratified the Protocol.
While the Nagoya Protocol awaits entry into force, important discussions for effective implementation have occurred at various meetings of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP). Items for discussion at the next ICNP meeting (ICNP3) include Articles 19 and 20 of the Nagoya Protocol regarding model contractual clauses for mutually agreed terms, voluntary codes of conduct, guidelines and best practices and/or standards. This event seeks to facilitate preliminary discussions on ways to support efforts of Parties to the CBD to implement Articles 19 and 20. It is expected that the outcome of the meeting will be reported to the ICNP3 as a key information document.
The meeting will be held in English only. Invited participants include global experts and organisations from developing and developed countries. The meeting will also be open to a limited number of other interested parties/ experts. Registration for observers closed on 8 March 2013. Please note that spaces are limited and we may not be able to accommodate all applicants. Successful applicants will be contacted by meeting organizers by 18 March 2013.
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