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Knowledge Café on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS)

Knowledge Café on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS)

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The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project will held a Knowledge Café on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS) on Wednesday 15th May 2019 from 10 to 11 am in the UNDP Regional Center, in Ciudad del Saber, Panama.

The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project promotes the full implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, a key instrument of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in 23 countries around the world. While many projects focus on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, the third objective of the Convention, the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the utilization of genetic resources, is sometimes overlooked or ignored when it is a crucial horizontal objective that directly impacts several Sustainable Development Goals beyond the obvious goals 14 and 15.

This event is an opportunity to get more familiar with the topic and identify possible connections and synergies with other projects and agencies, as well as directly interact with the team of the Global ABS Project.


10.00 – 10.05    Opening of the knowledge café. Ms. Linda Maguire, Resident Representative, UNDP Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Ms. Lita Paparoni, Regional Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean, UNV.

10.05 – 10.15    The work of UNDP on ABS. Mr. Santiago Carrizosa, Global ABS Advisor, UNDP-GEF

10.15 – 10.30    The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project in a nutshell. Mr. Alejandro Lago, Manager, UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project

10.30 – 10.45    The Global ABS Community (the community of practice on ABS). Mr. Fernando Lopez and Ms. Agustina Rato, UNV, UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project. Regional specialists will also introduce the regional community of practice workshops held in the different regions: Mr. Fouad Bergigui (Africa), Mr. Anthony Foronda (Asia), Mr. Claudio Chiarolla (Eastern Europe and Arab States), Mr. Alejandro Lago (Latin America and the Caribbean).

10.45 -10.50      Innovations and emergent issues: 1 MIND your Step! Gender toolkit!; 2 Valorization workbook; 3 Intellectual property guidance; 3 Traceability of genetic resources and blockchain

10.50 – 11.00    Questions and answers

To learn more about the previous and future activities organized by the project, join the Global ABS Community, the community of practice of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Linkedin.


Knowledge Cafe Abs Invitation


Event Details


15 May 2019


Ciudad del Saber, Panama


José Rayos


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