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Working Group:

Joint Meeting of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) African Working Groups

1-2 December 2009, Nairobi, Kenya

Objective

The goal was to enhance the synergy between the Ad-Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on ABS (WGABS) and the Working Group of African representatives to WIPO’s Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (WIPO-IGC). This would enable the development of coordinated and consistent strategies underlying their respective work.

The event began by recognising both the value and the timing of the two working groups mentioned above. Participants, donors and supporters recognised the necessity of this coordination. There was less pre-meeting consensus regarding the form of the coordination between the two groups. The two groups had significantly different understandings regarding what they could expect from one another, and what they could provide.

Outcomes

Participants gained better and more realistic understanding of the two Groups’ respective positions, capacities and objectives.

They found a mutual commitment to future coordination, supported by general agreement from the meeting’s sponsors to try and find ways of sponsoring and enabling such future coordination processes.

IDLO, the ABS Capacity Development Initiative and Natural Justice were requested to continue the facilitation of the coordination process.

In addition to six high-level negotiators from six African countries, seven participants in the CBD’s Ad-Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on ABS (WGABS) and four in WIPO’s Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (WIPO-IGC), including  3  Members of the Working Group of African representatives to WIPO-IGC, attended the event.

The event was convened by the International Development Law Institute, the ABS Capacity Development Initiative and Natural Justice.