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Traditional Knowledge & Biodiversity Under the Nagoya Protocol: the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project´s contribution to the UNPFII Eighteenth Session

Traditional Knowledge & Biodiversity Under the Nagoya Protocol: the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project´s contribution to the UNPFII Eighteenth Session

15 Apr 2019

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The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project “Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks, and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol”, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador will participate in the 18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), that will take place between April 22nd and May 3rd in New York.

On the occasion of this session, a side event on Traditional Knowledge Protection and Biodiversity in the Framework of the Nagoya Protocol will be held on April 23rd, with the support of strategic partners e.g the National Secretary of Superior Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (SENESCYT in Spanish) of Ecuador, the National Service of Intellectual Rights (SENADI in Spanish) and the United Nations Volunteers.

The side event´s topic matches perfectly with UNPFII´s 2019 theme: “Traditional knowledge: Generation, transmission and protection”. In this regard, the activity represents a great opportunity to showcase the indigenous communities´ traditional knowledge contribution to biodiversity conservation and to stress the importance of the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources to the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda. View here the video campaign.

This special side event will be broadcasted live. Register here to the Webinar and click here to access the event´s Concept Note and Agenda.

About the Nagoya Protocol implementation in Ecuador

The Ministry of Environment of Ecuador has been working together with the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project, SENESCYT and SENADI in traditional knowledge preservation, promotion and protection, through technical assistance to local and indigenous communities. So far, Ecuador has developed 187 traditional knowledge registries in seven communities, demonstrating the success of this strategic alliance.

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a high- level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council. The Forum was established on July 28th, 2000 by the  resolution 2000/22, with the mandate to deal with indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.

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