The Value of Volunteerism for Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS)

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) hosted this Webinar, to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity: Our Solutions are in Nature.

During the session, opened with welcome remarks of Toily Kurbanov, Deputy Executive Coordinator of UNV, and Midori Paxton, Head Ecosystems and Biodiversity of UNDP, UN Volunteers presented key results and experiences of activities implemented under the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project with the added value of volunteerism in the Latin American and the Caribbean region.

In the Latin American and the Caribbean region, UNV in collaboration with UNDP co-designed an innovate partnership to contribute to the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS). Specifically, this partnership developed biocultural community protocols, strengthened the capacities of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on ABS, and raised awareness on the use and application of national ABS legal frameworks and the Nagoya Protocol. To learn more on this collaboration scheme, check out this photo essay here.

Webinar Resources Available

  • View the recording of the session here.
  • The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project. Initial Results, Challenges and Opportunities (Alejandro Lago, Manager Global ABS Project). View the presentation here.
  • Results and experiences from the UNV Component in Latin America and the Caribbean (Fernando López, Regional Coordination Officer of the UNV Component). View the presentation here.

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Agustina Rato

Agustina Rato

Web Content and Communications Officer, UNDP – GEF Global ABS Project / United Nations Volunteer Component.

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