GENEVA – A meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Cali, Colombia, concluded on Sunday with important progress towards new international rules on access and benefit sharing (ABS).
The Cali meeting made headway with a “draft protocol” that could be the basis of legally binding rules on ABS to be adopted in October. The draft protocol contains all the components for an agreement, addressing issues such as access, benefit sharing, and traditional knowledge. Nevertheless, there are still disagreements of note, which almost caused the collapse of the meeting. Press Release: EN