Interim National Report on the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol

Submission of the interim national report

In decision NP-1/3, paragraph 4, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol (COP-MOP) requested Parties to the Protocol to submit an interim national report on the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, as called for under Article 29 of the Protocol, twelve months prior to the third meeting of the COP-MOP. The decision also welcomes submissions of relevant information by non-Parties.

Accordingly, Parties and non-Parties are invited to submit to the Secretariat their interim national report, through the ABS Clearing-House, as soon as possible and no later than 1 November 2017, in the format and following the guidelines for submission contained in decision NP-1/3.

Preparation of the interim national report

When preparing the report, it is recommended that countries involve all relevant stakeholders in order to ensure a participatory and transparent approach to its development. In addition, countries are:

  • Encouraged to include information in their interim national reports on difficulties and challenges related to implementation of the Protocol in line with decision NP 2/3, paragraph 4;
  • Invited to pay particular attention to providing information on the implementation of the provisions of the Protocol related to traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources held by indigenous peoples and local communities, with the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities, when preparing and submitting their interim national reports, in line with decision NP-2/10, paragraph 3; and
  • Invited to submit information on their experiences related to the mobilization of resources in support of the implementation of the Protocol, as well as on the status of funds mobilized in line with /doc/decisions/np-mop-01/np-mop-01-dec-07-en.pdf decision NP-1/7, paragraph 8.

Information submitted through the interim national report, as well as through the ABS Clearing-House, will be taken into account by the Executive Secretary in the preparation of documentation for consideration by the Compliance Committee, the second meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation, and the third meeting of the COP-MOP.

How to submit the interim national report

Countries should submit the report online through the ABS Clearing-House in an official language of the United Nations. The submission format is available on the ABS Clearing-House at the following address: https://absch.cbd.int/en/register/NR/new.

For more information on how to submit the report online please refer to the step-by-step guide available here: http://absch.cbd.int/help/guides/nr .

Only if it is not technically feasible to submit online, Parties may resort to offline submissions using the form available on the ABS Clearing-House. Countries should send the report via email to the Secretariat (secretariat@cbd.int), and include a scanned copy signed by the ABS Clearing-House publishing authority.

The Secretariat is available to provide technical support for the publication of information in the ABS Clearing-House and to assist in the submission of the interim national report. For any questions or assistance, please contact: absch@cbd.int.

Financial support is also available from the Global Environment Facility to assist eligible Parties to prepare their interim national report. For more information, see notification 2017-032.

Role of the interim national reports

The interim national report can be a useful tool for both Parties and non-Parties to assess the level of implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, as well as gaps and needs in terms of capacity, and will assist the COP-MOP in reviewing, on a regular basis, the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and to make, within its mandate, the decisions necessary to promote its effective implementation in accordance with Article 26, paragraph 4.

Information submitted through the interim national report can also serve to share experiences, challenges and solutions among countries in relation to the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol. In this regard, the interim national report can be a valuable tool for building and developing capacity to implement the Protocol and for designing capacity-building activities more effectively. This is an opportunity to identify good practices and constraints in implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.

The information coming from the reports can assist the COP-MOP in reviewing the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and to make the decisions necessary to promote its effective implementation. In this regard, the interim national reports will be one of the main sources of information, together with the ABS Clearing-House, for conducting the first assessment and review of the effectiveness of the Protocol and the information provided will inform and will be taken into account for the consideration of a number of issues by COP-MOP 3 and other subsidiary bodies.

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