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Governments Make Major Advances on Global Agreement on Planet’s Genetic Resources

Montreal, 16 July 2010 – Following seven days of intense and complex negotiations, and with the financial support of Japan, the world’s governments have made major breakthroughs on a text of a legally binding protocol on access to, and sharing of, the benefits from the use of the rich genetic resources of our planet. The draft Aichi Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) is now in place, and will be finalized and adopted on 29 October 2010 at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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