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COP 14: Webinar on gender and ABS to boost business performance

COP 14: Webinar on gender and ABS to boost business performance

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Photo: Ljubomir Stefanov. July 15th 2014

In the framework of the Fourteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP14), UNDP GEF Global ABS Project will held up this side event to discuss concrete case studies of ABS value chains through gender lenses. This activity will be online live streaming. Register here to access the event.

Empowering women and girls is central to the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Gender needs to be mainstreamed into the design and implementation of national ABS laws and policies.

Women and men interact with their natural environment and play different roles based on social constructions which influence the distribution of opportunities, rights and benefits linked to biodiversity.

When it comes to using biological and genetic resources, both women and men tend to play key roles in managing seeds, foraging for medicinal and cosmetic plants, while preserving and passing associated traditional knowledge to younger generations.

These roles are overlooked by stakeholders that design ABS laws and engage local communities in biodiscovery projects. More efforts are needed to address the gender-gap in Access and Benefit Sharing to enable the participation of women in partnerships’ negotiations and decision-making processes, as well as ensuring fairness between men and women in the distribution and control of benefits.

This event intends to discuss concrete case studies of ABS value chains through gender lenses. Businesses and development practitioners will walk through the steps of the “Mind your Step!” a experimental gender tool to spot gender differentiated roles along an ABS value chain and identify the social and cultural determinants of gender inequalities.


Participants will be able to see the interconnections between gender and the overall business performance and competitiveness, and also hear about some of the options and approaches to design gender-smart ABS value chains.

The activity also aims to present the findings of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project on mainstreaming gender into ABS.

Among the speakers that will participate of this event are Santiago Carrizosa, Global Advisor on Access to Genetic and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Global Environmental Finance Unit; Tanya McGregor, CBD Secretariat Representative; Alejandro Callejas and Aliya Kadyr, both on behalf of UNDP; Khitma Awad, representing HCENR.; and Alejandro Lago, Manager UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project.

To access this event register here.

Event Details


21 November 2018


Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt


Fernando Lopez


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