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Mar 24

Webinar on Reflection in the co-chairs panel: Discussion on potential criteria for assessing DSI policy options

March 24 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm CET

At CBD COP 14 in Decision 20, Parties committed to working towards resolving their divergence of views regarding benefit sharing from the use of digital sequence information on genetic resources. To broaden and deepen the science- and policy-based process around this topic, the ABS Capacity Development Initiative is organizing a series of virtual events since December 2020. This webinar, based on the information given by the OEWG Co-Chairs webinar, contributes to the informal part of the science- and policy-based DSI process. The webinar will not directly analyze the presented policy options but will give experts, having extensively worked on technical and legal aspects related to DSI production, storage, use and management, the opportunity to reflect on criteria that could be used to assess possible DSI policy options.

Webinar participants are requested to familiarize themselves with two key inputs:

  • the DSI policy options presented at a webinar organized by the SCBD under the authority of the Co-chairs of the OEWG – recording available here and presentations and background documents available here, the slides on policy options are available in English, French and Spanish.
  • the “points for consideration” identified during the informal First Global Dialogue on DSI – report in English and French available here and recorded presentation available here

Participants who are not very familiar with DSI technologies, issues and processes might further wish to prepare by watching the recordings of earlier webinars on introduction to DSI and the results of the AHTEG on DSI as well as to consult additional resources available from the SCBD and the ABS Initiative.

Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_F3Ueks5-RBq93VNQeYP-Qg

The Webinar is part of the cooperation between Norway and South Africa supporting the international DSI discussion and convening the Global Dialogues on DSI. The multidonor ABS Capacity Development Initiative, hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is tasked with organizing the DSI events under the Norwegian-South African cooperation.

Date: Wednesday 24 March 2021, 12:00 UTC (13h00 CET)

Format: Zoom, 2 hours, in English, with interpretation into French and Spanish

Facilitator: Tim Hodges

Professor at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development, Canada

Former Co-Chair of the intergovernmental negotiating group for the Nagoya Protocol


Margo Bagley, Professor at Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, USA. Friend of the Chair in the WIPO IGC on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore.

Alejandro Lago Candeira, Manager of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project, Panama. Former negotiator of the Nagoya Protocol, Spain.

Paul Oldham, Director of One World Analytics, UK. Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Manchester University’s Institute of Innovation Research, UK.

Henry Novion, Advisor for ABS-compliant value chains. Former Director of Genetic Heritage, Brazil.

Siva Thambisetty, Associate Professor of Law at the Department of Law, London School of Economics, UK. Observer in the negotiations on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction at the UN.



March 24
8:00 am - 1:00 pm CET
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