Activity 1: Cooperate with other Parties

Below are the global and regional obligations in this activity:
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Component 1: Cooperate globally

Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • User countries: Consider cooperating with other Contracting Parties to address alleged infringements of ABS agreements: CBD Decision VI/24, 4 and CBD Decision VI/24, Annex (Bonn Guidelines on Access to Genetic Resources and Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising out of their Utilization)SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Cooperate internationally with regard to enhancing international activities to promote sharing, providing access to, and exchanging, in conformity with Part IV, plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and appropriate information and technology: ITPGRFA Article 7,2bSEE COMMENTARY 2
  • Cooperate with other Parties to the ITPGRFA to develop and strengthen a global system to facilitate information exchange, based on existing information systems, on scientific, technical and environmental matters related to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, with the expectation that such exchange of information will contribute to the sharing of benefits by making information on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture available to all Contracting Parties: ITPGRFA Article 17,1SEE COMMENTARY 3
  • Cooperate with other Contracting Parties in the matter of patents and other intellectual property rights: CBD Article 16,5 SEE COMMENTARY 4
  • Developed country Parties: Assist developing countries Parties, through the clearing-house mechanism, in their efforts to implement and use new information technologies, including the establishment of websites: CBD Decision VII/23, A.4
  • Consider scientific and technical cooperation and partnerships with other Parties, and with relevant multilateral agencies and other organizations through, inter alia, the clearing-house mechanism of the Convention, and other relevant networks, including those of relevant indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders, as a measure for capacity-building: CBD Decision VII/19.F.2 and CBD Decision VII/19.F, Annex (Action Plan on Capacity-building for Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing) SEE COMMENTARY 5
Component 2: Cooperate regionally

Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Develop regional clearing-house mechanisms to further promote and facilitate technical and scientific cooperation and the exchange of information on technology transfer at the regional and national levels: CBD Decision VII/23, A.5.
  • Consider arranging for regional and subregional collaboration as a measure of capacity-building: CBD Decision VII/19, F.2 and CBD Decision VII/19, F, Annex (Action Plan on Capacity-building for Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing).SEE COMMENTARY 6

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Author Commentary 1

This refers to provision 16(d)(iv) of the Bonn Guidelines.

Author Commentary 2

Part IV of the ITPGRFA establishes ‘The multilateral system of ABS’ and contains the relevant dispositions.

Author Commentary 3

In developing the Global Information System, cooperation will be sought with the Clearing-House Mechanism of the CBD, ITPGRFA Article 17,1.

Author Commentary 4

This cooperation takes into account that patents and other intellectual property rights may have an influence on the implementation of the CBD.

Author Commentary 5

This refers to provision C.9(c) of the Action Plan on Capacity-building for Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing.