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Global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism

Article 10 of the Protocol states that “Parties shall consider the need for and modalities of a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism to address the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from the utilization of genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources that occur in transboundary situations or for which it is not possible to grant or obtain prior informed consent. The benefits shared by users of genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources through this mechanism shall be used to support the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components globally.”

Article 10 addresses issues that could not be resolved during the negotiation of the Protocol and for which further discussion was required. Through online discussions and expert meetings, the Parties have been exploring the different aspects of Article 10, identifying areas of common understanding and areas where further examination is necessary.

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme