“The Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol: Why Intellectual Property Still Matters”
Many contentious issues were left out of the final text of the Nagoya Protocol in the fall of 2010 in order to achieve agreement amongst the delegates of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Biodiversity. These issues include intellectual property (IP) where, despite much research and analysis having been done on the relationship of IP to access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge in preparation for the Nagoya COP, IP ended up being explicitly mentioned only in the context of possible benefit-sharing in the final text.
Despite its absence, IP remains an important body of law that needs to be considered when countries seek to establish national systems to implement the Nagoya Protocol. This seminar will highlight recent work by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on the policy space available for countries to use selected IP tools in support of the international access and benefit sharing system.
The speaker will be Kiyoshi Adachi, Chief of the Intellectual Property Unit of the Division on Investment and Enterprise at UNCTAD.
For more information, or to register to attend, see the event announcement on the UNU-IAS website.
Meeting Room 1, UNU-IAS
Pacifico-Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai