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. Modalities of operation of the access and benefit-sharing clearing house (Article 14, paragraph 4)

3/4.Modalities of operation of the access and benefit-sharing clearing-house (Article 14, paragraph 4)

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization,
Recognizing that the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House is critical for the successful implementation of the Nagoya Protocol,
Recalling that the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House is an integral part of the clearing-house mechanism of the Convention,
1.Notes the progress made in the implementation of the pilot phase of the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House and the capacity-building workshops held prior to the third meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee;
2.Requests the Executive Secretary to continue implementing the pilot phase of the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House, in accordance with the guidance provided in recommendations 1/1 and 2/4, as well as the indicative work plan and timeline for activities endorsed by the Conference of the Parties in paragraph 2 of decision XI/1 C, and to make all necessary efforts to ensure that the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House is fully functional by the time of entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol;
3.Invites Parties to designate a publishing authority and/or one or more national authorized users with a view to having a fully functional Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House by the time of entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol;
4.Encourages all Parties, in particular those that have ratified the Nagoya Protocol, to participate in the pilot phase of the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House by publishing national records, including permits or equivalents constituting an internationally recognized certificate of compliance, and to provide feedback to the Executive Secretary;
5.Requests the Executive Secretary to make the information on access and benefit-sharing measures, competent national authorities, and national focal points currently hosted on the website of the Convention on Biological Diversity available in the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House as draft records; and invites Parties to validate and publish the draft records in order to ensure that all national records in the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House are up-to-date and have been validated by the publishing authority by the time of entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol;
6.Invites international organizations, indigenous and local communities, and relevant stakeholders to participate in the pilot phase of the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House by registering reference records and providing feedback to the Executive Secretary;
7.Also invites the informal advisory committee to continue providing technical guidance to the Executive Secretary, fully taking into account the feedback received from Parties and other stakeholders during the pilot phase, with respect to the resolution of technical issues arising from the ongoing development of the pilot phase of the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House;
8.Requests the Executive Secretary to report on the progress made and feedback received during the implementation of the pilot phase to the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol;
9.Also requests the Executive Secretary to further refine the modalities of operation of the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House, especially with regards to the identification of mandatory and non-mandatory information according to the provisions of the Nagoya Protocol, as well as the functionality and user-friendliness of the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House, as further progress is made on the implementation of the pilot phase, taking into account the views expressed at the third meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee, as well as further feedback received from Parties and other stakeholders, for consideration and adoption by the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol;
10.Invites Parties, other Governments, international organizations, indigenous and local communities, and relevant stakeholders to submit to the Executive Secretary views on: (i) the possible functions of a competent authority of indigenous and local communities and of a contact point for the indigenous and local communities for the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House in relation to the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol; (ii) their possible role and responsibilities with respect to the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House; and (iii) who should be responsible for submitting the information on these authorities to the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House; and
11.Requests the Executive Secretary to prepare a synthesis of views submitted in accordance with paragraph 10 above for consideration by the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol.
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