The Global ABS Conference 2020: an online event to discuss the vision of the ABS we all need in the next decade
16 Oct 2020
October 29, 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits derived from their utilization (ABS). This year also marks the end of the Decade on Biodiversity and the Aichi Targets (2011-2020). The 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity is in charge of assessing the progress made during these 10 years towards the achievement of these targets and it has the important responsibility of establishing the new objectives for the coming years. This is also the year when the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the livelihoods of billions of people around the planet, conferences and meetings have been postponed or cancelled until further notice to prevent the spread of the virus, which provides an even greater opportunity to make 2021 a landmark year for Nature.
In this context, the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), and in collaboration with the Governments of Japan and Jordan, and other partners, will hold the Global ABS Conference 2020, an online event on ABS to celebrate this anniversary and to actively contribute to the post-2020 Biodiversity Strategic Framework discussions on ABS.
The Global ABS Conference will focus on the exchange of experiences and lessons learnt from all the different ABS right holders (indigenous peoples and local communities, and governments) and stakeholders (researchers and research community as well as private sector) from provider and user countries, from developing and developed countries. This will serve to assess the progress made so far, identify the needs and challenges that remain to be addressed, and the tools available to jointly construct a system that consolidates ABS as a crucial instrument to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030.
In five oline sessions, held in late October and throughout November, the Global ABS Conference 2020 will encourage dialogue between ABS key players, including NGOs and other organizations, to strenthen the global cooperation framework on ABS:
- Happy Birthday Nagoya Protocol (October 29th).
- ABS for Users I: A Dialogue between Governments and Researchers (November 4th).
- ABS for Users II: A Dialogue between Governments and Private Sector (November 11th).
- (November 18th).
- Building “the ABS we all Need” for the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework (November 25th).
All activities, meeting sessions, knowledge, information, experiences and best practices exchanged during the event will be collected, managed and shared via the Global ABS Community website of the Global ABS Project.