IYOBThe final and most controversial product adopted at the two-week long 10th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biodiversity was the Nagoya Protocol on "Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization". The Nagoya Protocol sets terms on how countries will permit access to genetic resources, share the benefits arising from their use, and cooperate with one another in allegations of misuse. It will come into force 90 days after it has been ratified by at least 50 parties. Article 6 of the Nagoya Protocol gives special consideration to plant health as well as animal health and food safety. It sets forth that procedures for benefit sharing, particularly access to affordable treatments, should be expeditious or simplified when emergency situations affect or threaten human, animal or plant health.
The COP noted that Invasive Alien Species are one of the primary drivers of losses in biodiversity. The COP welcomed the participation of the secretariats of the IPPC, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the World Trade Organization, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the FAO and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), as well as IUCN and Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP) in the inter-agency liaison group on invasive alien species, and it encouraged these organizations, as well as the International Civil Aviation Organization, to continue their collaboration with the Executive Secretary.
Mr. Yukio Yokoi, IPPC Secretary, attended the meeting between the CBD Director General and the Heads of Organizations among others. He sought to strengthen the IPPC’s relationship to relevant environmental organizations, and he presented on the potential roles of IPPC in this regard, with the particular emphasis on the issue of IAS.
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