WG ABS 7

Seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit‑sharing (WG ABS 7)
2-8 April 2009, Paris, France

Introduction

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".

The mandate to negotiate an international regime on access and benefit-sharing was established by the COP at its seventh meeting, in 2004. The seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit‑sharing (WGABS 7) was held in Paris from 2 to 8 April 2009. This meeting is the first of three mandated by ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, held in Bonn in May 2008, to finalize the negotiation of the international regime.”

What's New

  • 2009-05-11
    Report of the Seventh Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing is now available on the web.
  • 2009-04-05
    Power Point Presentations made at Side Events during WGABS-7.
  • 2009-04-02
    Statement by Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the Opening Session of the Seventh Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 2 April 2009.
  • 2009-04-01
    Press release: Building a Global Partnership on Access and Benefit-sharing.

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme