The Value of Volunteerism for Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS)

The Value of Volunteerism for Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) will host this Webinar on the 27th, 2020, at 9 AM COT, to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity: Our Solutions are in Nature.

The session, that will be available with simultaneous interpretation in English and Spanish, will present key results and experiences of activities implemented under the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project with the added value of volunteerism in the Latin American and the Caribbean region. Register here.

In the Latin American and the Caribbean region, UNV in collaboration with UNDP co-designed an innovate partnership to contribute to the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS). Specifically, this partnership developed biocultural community protocols, strengthened the capacities of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on ABS, and raised awareness on the use and application of national ABS legal frameworks and the Nagoya Protocol.

UNV was also instrumental in the creation of a Global Community of practice on ABS which is one of the key achievements of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project. The Community of practice supports and promotes the exchange of knowledge, information, experiences, good practices on the national implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS.

During this webinar, a round table of former UNVs will discuss their experiences and good practices on the implementation of field activities implemented by the Global ABS project with the added value of volunteerism.

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  • Welcome remarks
    • Volunteerism and Biodiversity:The role of UNV (Toily Kurbanov Deputy Executive Coordinator, UNV);
    • International Day of Biodiversity: Our Solutions are in Nature (Midori Paxton, Head Ecosystems and Biodiversity, UNDP;
  • The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project. Initial Results, Challenges and Opportunities (Alejandro Lago, Manager Global ABS Project);
  • Results and experiences from the UNV Component in Latin America and the Caribbean (Fernando López, Regional Coordination Officer of the UNV Component);
  • Volunteering Round Table
    Sara Omi, Leader and Representative of the Embera Council of Alto Bayano (Panama);
    Sumak Bastidas, Kichwa from the Cacha Puruwa Indigenous community (Ecuador); Manuel Hernandez, UNV Representative (Honduras);
  • Final remarks (Santiago Carrizosa, Global Lead on Access and Benefit Sharing, UNDP).

Click here to register.

Check out the photo essay on the value of volunteerism for Access and Benefit Sharing )ABS) here.

Event Details


27 May 2020




Fernando Lopez


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