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Governments pledge to strengthen Nagoya

Member states of the UN have agreed measures to improve the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in developing countries. The treaty, which governs access to genetic resources, has been ratified under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

At the first meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol, held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on 17 October, countries reached a consensus on measures to raise awareness of the protocol. They also agreed to fund capacity building at institutions in developing countries, to help them meet the requirements of the international agreement.

The meeting was held to mark the protocol coming into force after it had been ratified by 51 countries. The protocol, signed by member states in 2010, is intended to prevent biopiracy and help developing nations to benefit from genetic materials gathered from native species. Under the protocol, researchers must make their results publicly available and are subject to strict rules on what they can do with the materials they collect.

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