First meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP-1)

Capacity-building Workshop on Access and Benefit-sharing

4-5 June 2011, Montreal, Canada


At the tenth Conference of the Parties, in decision X/1, the Executive Secretary was requested to provide technical assistance to Parties with a view to supporting the early ratification and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol. In the same decision, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) was invited to provide financial support to Parties to assist with early ratification of the Nagoya Protocol and its implementation.

Thanks to the financial support provided by the GEF, a series of awareness-raising and capacity-building activities will be carried out by the Secretariat over the next biennium in order to support the ratification and early entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol.

As part of these awareness-raising and capacity-building activities, the Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) are jointly organizing a capacity-building workshop on access and benefit-sharing, on 4-5 June 2011, back-to-back with the First meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP-1).

The workshop is meant to contribute to the identification of the capacity-building needs and priorities of Parties in the implementation of their obligations under the Nagoya Protocol and to build on the experience and lessons learned from the implementation of the ITPGRFA.

This workshop follows the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Secretariats of the CBD and the ITPGRFA to further enhance collaboration in areas of mutual interest within their mandates. The Memorandum foresees, inter alia, jointly undertaking workshops, seminars and other events on access and benefit-sharing as well as in other areas.

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