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1st Global Dialogue on Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources

6-8 November 2019, Pretoria, South Africa

The 1st Global Dialogue on DSI is one of two dialogues that was organized by the ABS Initiative together with the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) of South Africa and the Norwegian Government, with the second dialogue tentatively taking place in Norway in mid-2020.

DSI has been on the international agenda of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Nagoya Protocol since 2016. Widely diverging views on the issue among Parties and other stakeholders have emerged over the last couple of years. At the same time, different actors have varying capacities to engage in and contribute significantly to the scientific and political discussions on DSI.

The global dialogues on DSI should led to the increased capacity of all actors, especially those from developing countries, to participate effectively in the discussion on DSI. The objective was to establish a space in which this controversial issue can be discussed openly and informally by a range of different actors, including practitioners and experts, in order to increase mutual understanding of the issues and the interests of the various stakeholders, identify bottlenecks in the discussions, and to identify challenges with and opportunities for addressing these bottlenecks. In order to give participants the space to discuss the issues, both of the global dialogues on DSI were conducted according to Chatham House Rules.   

Funded by Norway.