Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

General Assembly Launches International Year of Quinoa [viewed]

20 February 2013: The UN General Assembly launched the International Year of Quinoa with a High-Level Panel discussion during its plenary at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Bolivian President Evo Morales and First Lady of Peru Nadine Heredia participated in the launch, which will be celebrated under the theme "A future sown thousands of years ago." 

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CBD Secretariat Outlines Intersessional Activities on ABS [viewed]

CBD7 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued two notifications related to intersessional activities on the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and related developments: one outlining activities to be undertaken in the biennium 2013-2014, with information to be submitted in preparation for the third meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP), and invitations for direct actions by governments and relevant organizations in accordance with Decision XI/1 on the status of the Nagoya Protocol; and another addressing Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol on a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism and announcing an online consultation through discussion groups, tentatively scheduled to begin on 8 April 2013.

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South Africa Ratifies ABS Protocol [viewed]

January 2013: As announced by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), South Africa has ratified the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), bringing the number of ratifications to 12.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Submissions on Article 8(j)-Related Issues [viewed]

CBDJanuary 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification outlining a list of specific requests for input from parties, other governments, indigenous and local communities, NGOs and relevant organizations emanating from decisions of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) regarding the work programme on Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge).

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Bioversity International Launches Forest Genetic Resources Training Guide [viewed]

18 February 2013: Bioversity International released a series of training materials on forest genetic resources aimed at increasing knowledge among non-specialists.

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Bioversity International Identifies Good Practices for Management of On-farm Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

February 2013: In a revised edition of "On-farm Management of Agricultural Biodiversity in Nepal: Good Practices," Bioversity International presents a series of tools and lessons learned on identifying agricultural biodiversity and empowering farmers and communities to manage this resource.

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Bioversity International Releases Brief on Livelihoods and Conservation of Underutilized Species in Yemen [viewed]

18 February 2013: A new brief from Bioversity International, titled "Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Improve Livelihoods in Yemen," examines the livelihood impacts of a set of interventions related to the conservation and use of neglected and underutilized species.

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CIMMYT Opens Bioscience Facility [viewed]

13 February 2013: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has inaugurated a new $25 million research complex that will help researchers speed up climate-resilient seed development for maize and wheat.

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Global Consultation on Agrobiodiversity Addresses South-South Cooperation [viewed]

13 February 2013: A three day Global Consultation, titled "Use and Management of Agrobiodiversity for Sustainable Food Security," provided an opportunity for developing world stakeholders and international organizations to review the role of conservation in the use of agro-biodiversity for sustainable agricultural development.

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WIPO IGC 23 Advances on Text on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources [viewed]

11 February 2013: Convened from 4-8 February 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) further streamlined the draft text of an international legal instrument on intellectual property and genetic resources, which will be submitted to the WIPO General Assembly, to be held from 23 September - 2 October 2013. However, several brackets remain indicating delegates' divergent opinions on key issues under negotiation.

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