UNDP-GEF Global ABS 2020-year resolutions for people and planet

UNDP-GEF Global ABS 2020-year resolutions for people and planet

1 Apr 2020

2020 is known as the super year for biodiversity. After a series of devastating fires, floods and climate change related events that put nature more than ever as a top priority for humanity, a number of key international meetings were to be conducted throughout the year to set the agenda for environmental action for the next ten years. Among them, the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Although the COVID-19 outbreak changed those plans, this situation is providing us quality time of reflection to really take up this unique opportunity to push forward decision making to safeguard all life on Earth.

The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS), an international agreement that sets out the rules and mechanisms for access to genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, fosters the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity by linking biotechnology and biodiversity under a transparent framework that ensures consent, agreement and rights of those who hold genetic resources and traditional knowledge, such as indigenous people and local communities. 

As the COVID19 pandemic evolves, we will continue supporting 23 countries in the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and join the CBD campaign call for action to prevent biodiversity loss. Therefore, we share our commitments to push forward the sustainable use of nature throughout this year, focusing on the potential of ABS to provide solutions for people and the planet.  

The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project resolutions for the people and the planet in 2020 are:  

To build trust between users and providers of genetic resources: 

Resolution #1: Through the Global ABS Legal Clinics, we will support providers of genetic resources in the negotiation and enforcement of ABS contracts, leveling the playing field and ensuring the rights of Indigenous peoples and local communities into the terms of the agreement. Learn more on this new service provided at the Global ABS Community, the community of practice of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project here.  

To promote Nagoya Protocol compliance on ABS value chains:  

Resolution #2: Through the Global ABS Business Facility, we will support private companies and industries in their search for partners in the process of accessing genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge. 

To foster a global cooperation framework on ABS to raise awareness 

Resolution #3: We will organize a global conference on ABS to gather key ABS stakeholders and actors to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Nagoya Protocol and to exchange experiences and lessons learned on its implementation. 

Resolution #4: Provide a space to share and uptake knowledge, experiences and lessons learned on the Nagoya Protocol implementation all over the world, through the Global ABS Community, the community of practice of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project. We invite you to become a member to access useful content and resources on ABS, make comments and take part on discussions here.  

Join us and tell us what you are doing for people and planet, making ABS the rule and not the exception. Share with the hashtag #biodiversity2020 #NagoyaProtocol #GlobalABSCommunity.  

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