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The Road to an Anti-Biopiracy Agreement

The Negotiations under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
Second edition

Publisher: TWN
ISBN: 978-967-5412-54-7
Year: 2011   No. of pages: 120
21 cm  x 29 cm

About the Book

Almost six years of negotiations held under the aegis of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) culminated in the adoption in Nagoya, Japan in October 2010 of an international treaty that seeks to prevent biopiracy, or the misappropriation of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities.

A compilation of articles from Third World Network publications, The Road to an Anti-Biopiracy Agreement follows the difficult progress of the CBD negotiations, which were riven by major differences among countries that are CBD Parties over ways to regulate access to genetic resources and ensure the fair and equitable distribution of benefits stemming from their use. This updated second edition contains reports on the decisive round of talks in Nagoya which finally approved the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing. Also included are some preliminary analyses of the Protocol and the extent to which it can effectively combat the serious threat of biopiracy.

Contents

Introduction                                                                                                                               

7th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 7)                                                                                                 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 9-20 February 2004)                                                                       

COP 7 – some progress, but vigilance needed                                                                            

4th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing     

(Granada, Spain, 30 January-3 February 2006)                                                                       

Africans propose draft CBD access and benefit-sharing protocol                                             

Global rules on access and benefit-sharing of biodiversity take shape in Granada meeting      

The biodiversity-IPRs debate: The really tough issues                                                                

Is there space for indigenous peoples in the negotiations on access and benefit-sharing?        

Some key issues for the negotiations of the international regime on access and benefit-sharing       

8th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

(COP 8)                                                                                                                                      

(Curitiba, Brazil, 20-31 March 2006)                                                                                         

CBD sets 2010 deadline to set up global ABS regime                                                                 

Meeting of the Group of Technical Experts on an Internationally Recognised Certificate

of Origin/Source/Legal Provenance                                                                                          

(Lima, Peru, 22-25 January 2007)                                                                                            

Report of expert meeting on an internationally recognised certificate of origin/source/

legal provenance                                                                                                                        

5th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing     

(Montreal, Canada, 8-12 October 2007)                                                                                    

Biopiracy meet ends with no progress                                                                                        

6th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing     

(Geneva, Switzerland, 21-25 January 2008)                                                                              

NGOs call for legally binding ABS regime                                                                                  

CBD group makes some progress on access-benefit talks                                                          

9th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity      

(COP 9)

(Bonn, Germany, 19-30 May 2008)                                                                                           

CBD meeting dominated by talks on access and benefit-sharing regime                                    

Agreed roadmap to complete access/benefit-sharing regime

                                                                                                                                                   

7th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing     

(Paris, France, 2-8 April 2009)                                                                                                  

Negotiations finally begin on access and benefit-sharing                                                          

8th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing     

(Montreal, Canada, 9-15 November 2009)                                                                                 

International negotiations to prevent biopiracy resume                                                              

Progress in shaping protocol on access and benefit-sharing                                                     

9th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing     

(Cali, Colombia, 22-28 March 2010)                                                                                          

Optimism for a new treaty to combat biopiracy                                                                           

Access and benefit-sharing protocol gaining shape                                                                   

Rocky road still ahead for ABS protocol                                                                                    

Resumed 9th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing         

(Montreal, Canada, 10-16 July 2010)                                                                                        

Benefit-sharing protocol text negotiations finally start                                                               

Access and benefit-sharing protocol negotiations resume in September                                     

Meeting of the Inter-regional Negotiating Group (ING) of the Ad Hoc Open-ended

Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing                                                                       

(Montreal, Canada, 18-21 September 2010)                                                                              

Biodiversity treaty implementation at stake                                                                                 

10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological 

Diversity (COP 10)

(Nagoya, Japan, 18-29 October 2010)

Biodiversity Convention adopts landmark decisions                                                                   

Mixed reactions on new access and benefit-sharing treaty                                                        

Access obligations increased                                                                                                      

Some progress on the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities                                

Women’s role in ABS recognised                                                                                                

The definitions in the ABS Protocol: Key issue for stopping biopiracy                                       

Will we share the biggest part of the benefits?                                                                           

Appendix:                                                                                                                                  

Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of

Benefits Arising from Their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity  

           

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