High Level Segment of COP-11 to CBD – IIFB Statement- Second statement
17. October, Hyderabad, India
Implementation of Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and benefit
Thank you Mr Chairman.
Am presenting this short input on behalf of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity and Indigenous Women’s Biodiversity Network.
Mr Chairman, Indigenous peoples and local communities consider that our active participation is important thus the reason for us being here today. Even though we been present throughout the negotiations of the Nagoya Protocol, there is still a long way towards its implementation.
During the six years of negotiations, in and after Nagoya, we all continued working together building bridges to the implementation of the Protocol. We are however worried and concerned that there seems to be no strong commitment to the ratification. Countries should be more committed and finalize the formulation of their national ABS laws so as to speed up the ratification Process. We do not want to break the bridges, we want them strong. We as a Forum urge the Parties to do so. We consider that the Nagoya Protocol is a measure to re-establish our rights as indigenous peoples. We cannot achieve any Biodiversity set goals or even the strategic plan unless Nagoya protocol is ratified and implemented.