IUCN @ CBD Resumed ABS9

The resumed ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing of the Convention on Biological Diversity took place from 10-16 July 2010, in Montréal, Canada.

It was the last chance for the Working Group to meet prior the CBD COP10 (from 18-29 October in Nagoya), where the international regime on access and benefit-sharing is to be adopted.

A draft protocol was accepted by Parties as a basis for further negotiations during the first part of the ninth meeting on ABS (22-28 March, Colombia). Since it was not possible to agree on the proposed text, the Working Group decided to resume the Ninth meeting at a later date.

Negotiations in Montreal are expected to focus on the revised draft protocol in order to present a text to be further negotiated and adopted at the CBD COP10 in Nagoya.

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One of the three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity is the "fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources, including by appropriate access to genetic resources and by appropriate transfer of relevant technologies, taking into account all rights  over those resources and to technologies, and by appropriate funding."