What has been done on specialized international access and benefit sharing instruments in the context of Article 4, paragraph 4, of the Nagoya Protocol?

COP-MOP 3 (November 2018)

At its third meeting, COP-MOP considered recommendation 2/5 by the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) and adopted decision NP-3/14 on specialized international access and benefit sharing instruments in the context of Article 4, paragraph 4, of the Nagoya Protocol.

In the meeting of the Parties took note of the study commissioned by the Executive Secretary and agreed to reconsider the potential criteria as summarized in the annex to the decision at its fourth meeting. The potential criteria summarized in the annex are under discussion and have not been agreed to by Parties to the Protocol.

COP-MOP invited Parties and other Governments to submit: (a) information on how specialized international access and benefit-sharing instruments are addressed in their domestic measures; and (b) views on the potential criteria contained in the study, taking into account Article 4, paragraphs 1 to 3, of the Protocol. COP-MOP requested the Executive Secretary to synthesize the information and views submitted and make it available for consideration by the Subsidiary Body on Implementation at its third meeting.

Second meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (July 2018)

The second meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) considered a note by the Executive Secretary and the study into criteria that could be used to identify what constitutes a specialized international access and benefit-sharing instrument, and what could be a possible process for recognizing such an instrument, as requested by decision NP-2/5. SBI agreed to recommendation 2/5 containing a decision on this matter for consideration by the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 3).

COP-MOP 2 (December 2016)

At its second meeting, COP-MOP, in decision NP-2/5 on cooperation with other international organization, conventions and initiatives, requested the Executive Secretary, in the context of Article 4, paragraph 4, of the Protocol to conduct a study into criteria that could be used to identify what constitutes a specialized international access and benefit-sharing instrument, and what could be a possible process for recognizing such an instrument. COP-MOP referred the study for further consideration by the Subsidiary Body on Implementation before consideration by the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties at its third meeting.