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

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The ABS Capacity Development Initiative organized this webinar on 24 March 2021, as an informal exchange among internationally recognized experts with extensive experience at the national and global level in a range of fora.

It aimed to serve as a useful input to the formal processes by providing constructive and concrete ideas to feed into the Open-Ended Working Group and the Conference of the Parties and those preparing for these key meetings.

The objective of the virtual meeting was to identify landing zones for safeguarding DSI flow and the sharing of benefits. It was also an informal start to evaluating policy options for consideration of stakeholders and Parties.

In a roundtable discussion, consisting of three phases, experts were asked to:

– explain how they understand the priorities of various stakeholder groups, and the implications of this understanding for the feasibility of various policy options

– suggest practical ways in which the concerns and priorities of divergent stakeholder groups can be addressed

– reflect on if, and how, the exchange has improved their understanding of the issues involved and/or of the perspectives of various stakeholder groups. Around 280 participants from around the globe participated in the webinar which was held in English, French and Spanish.

This 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.

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.

View the recording of the webinar here.

Agustina Rato

Agustina Rato

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

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