Volunteering for the SDGs: UNV´s support in the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol

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Details about the recent Brown Bag Lunch held at UNV HQ. An activity organized to share experiences and lessons learned about the collaboration between UNV and the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project.

The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project assists 23 countries in the development and strengthening of their national ABS legal frameworks, human resources and institutional capabilities to implement the Nagoya Protocol, supported and co-financed by the United Nations Volunteers Program.

In this framework, the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project and UNV have developed an innovative collaboration scheme to implement activities with the added value of volunteerism. In this regard, the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project will held an ABS Green Bag Lunch, a meeting to exchange experiences from this innovative partnership on October 1st, 2019 at 12:30 pm, in UNV headquarters in Bonn.

About the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project and UNV partnership

At a global level, UNV supports the implementation of the Global ABS Community, a community of practice oriented to promote information and knowledge dissemination, experience exchange,  and best practices among project participating and non-participating countries (i.e. government institutions, private sector entities, research and academic institutions, international organizations, among others), setting the foundation for the establishment of a global cooperation framework on Access and Benefit Sharing.

The Global ABS Community, launched on February 2019, allows to inform and prove the contribution of ABS and the Nagoya Protocol to sustainable development, particularly Sustainable Development Goals (i.e. no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; life of land; partnerships for the goals, among others), through concrete best practices, lessons learned, cases studies, experiences and knowledge products.

At the regional level, the United Nations Volunteers Program supports the implementation of national-level activities of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project in five countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region (Honduras, Panamá, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Uruguay).

UNV supported the implementation of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) assessments, the organization of capacity building and awareness raising campaigns and the strengthening of local and national volunteer networks that replicate the information and capacities developed during the project implementation phase, ensuring the long term sustainability of the project.

Access here the event´s Concept Note & Agenda.

Access here the UNDP-GEF Global ABS team presentation.

Access here to watch the message of HRH Princess Basma Bint Ali on the importance of ABS to IPLCs.


Fernando Lopez

Fernando Lopez

Fernando Lopez is the Regional Coordinator of the UNV Component that supports the implementation of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project. Fernando coordinates and supports the implementation of national level activities in five countries in LAC (Honduras, Panama, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Uruguay) and supports the implementation of the Global ABS Community, the Community of Practice of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project. He has more than five years of experience in the Panamanian non-profit sector providing administrative and technical support to several environmental organizations and projects in the country. He holds a Master’s degree in Life Sciences Economics and Policy from the Technical University of Munich and a BSc. in Business Administration from Towson University, Maryland.


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