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What has been done on awareness-raising?

Developments prior to entry into force of the Protocol

Since the adoption of the Protocol, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP) has made recommendations on measures to raise awareness of the importance of genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources, and related access and benefit-sharing issues.

With a view to provide guidance to Parties in its consideration of this issue at the first meeting of the ICNP, the Executive Secretary prepared a draft awareness-raising strategy (document UNEP/CBD/ICNP/1/5) to assist Parties to effectively implement Article 21 of the Nagoya Protocol in a coherent manner, as well as to guide the efforts of the Secretariat, stakeholders and indigenous and local communities to raise awareness with respect to the Nagoya Protocol and related access and benefit-sharing issues. Furthermore, the Executive Secretary prepared an overview of experiences and initiatives on awareness-raising on access and benefit-sharing and under different multilateral environmental agreements (document UNEP/CBD/ICNP/1/INF/2).

The draft awareness-raising strategy was subsequently revised by the Executive Secretary and the updated version was made available at the second meeting of the ICNP (document UNEP/CBD/ICNP/2/11). In addition, with a view to assist the second meeting of the ICNP in its deliberations on this issue, a synthesis of awareness-raising activities, including lessons learned from existing experience in this regard was prepared by the Executive Secretary based on submissions received prior to the meeting (document UNEP/CBD/ICNP/2/INF/6). The ICNP further revised the strategy at its second meeting, and recommended that the first meeting of the COP-MOP adopts the strategy as set out in the annex to recommendation 2/6.

The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties, in decision XI/1, invited Parties and other relevant actors to carry out awareness-raising activities to support the ratification, early entry into force and implementation of the Protocol, taking into account the draft awareness-raising strategy. The decision also recognizes the importance of awareness-raising in supporting ratification, early entry into force and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.

Developments after entry into force of the Protocol

Following the entry into force of the Protocol on 12 October 2014, the first meeting of the COP-MOP was held from 13 to 17 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. The first meeting of the COP-MOP in decision NP-1/9 adopted the Awareness-raising Strategy for the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing.

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