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Governments meet to prepare for the entry into force of the Nagoya treaty on access and benefit-sharing for genetic resources

Montreal, 6 June 2011 – The first meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization began today in Montreal. Over 400 participants will discuss the way forward for the implementation of the Protocol, a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that provides a transparent legal framework for the effective implementation of one of the three objectives of the Convention: the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.

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