GLOBAL ABS CONFERENCE 2020

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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).

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, are organizing 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. This 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.

Objectives

The Global ABS Conference has the following objectives:

  • 1
    Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Nagoya Protocol and underscore its achievements
    Identify the issues that still need to be addressed to have full compliance and meaningful implementation of the Nagoya Protocol at all levels (local, national, regional and global).
  • 2
    Encourage dialogue between key ABS players
    Encourage dialogue between key ABS players and create a space to identify, express, and recognize the right holders and stakeholders ́ needs vis-à-vis the post-2020 Biodiversity Strategic Framework.
  • 3
    Build a sense of community among all ABS players
    Build a sense of community among all ABS players, including multilateral agencies and NGOs, to strengthen the global cooperation framework on ABS in the context of discussions and negotiations of the post-2020 Biodiversity Strategic Framework.

Venue and Dates

The Global ABS Conference is going to be a virtual conference consisting of five sessions held in late October and throughout November. The first session and opening event will take place on October 29th, 2020. The other sessions will take place during the following weeks, turning November into an ABS month, with interesting discussions organized in four main sessions.

Structure and Methodology

The virtual conference will facilitate experience sharing and technical discussions among countries, intergovernmental organizations and stakeholders, create a platform for lively discussions about results from ABS implementation to inform global audiences and future developments, and explore opportunities for providers and users of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge around the world.

The Conference will be divided into the following 5 online sessions held in late October and throughout November as follows:

  • Day 1 (October 29th): Happy Birthday Nagoya Protocol.
  • Day 2 (November 4th): ABS for Users I: A Dialogue between Governments and Researchers.
  • Day 3 (November 11th): ABS for Users II: A Dialogue between Governments and Private Sector.
  • Day 4 (November 18th): ABS Dialogue between Governments and Indigenous Peoples: The Lessons Learned
  • Day 5 (November 25th): Building “the ABS we all Need” for the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework.

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 with the final aim of strengthening the global cooperation framework promoted by the conference. A microsite (special section on the website) will be available to provide participants and interested parties with real time information regarding the event. All the partners and donors are expected to share the information about the Global ABS Conference through their respective social media channels.

General Comments

All sessions will be held in English, with simultaneous translation for some of the sessions to other languages as needed (Spanish, French, Arabic and Russian). The recordings of all sessions will be subtitled for Russian and Arabic-speaking countries.

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