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Friday, 17 May 2013, 11:00 - 12:30

The Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol:
Why Intellectual Property Still Matters


Kiyoshi Adachi
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Venue: Meeting Room 1, UNU-IAS
Pacifico-Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai
Nishi-ku, Yokohama


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Seminar Description
Seminar Language: English

Many contentious issues were left out of the final text of the Nagoya Protocol in the fall of 2010 in order to achieve agreement amongst the delegates of COP 10. These issues include intellectual property (IP), where despite much research and analysis having been done on the relationship of IP to access and benefit sharing of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge in preparation for the Nagoya COP, IP ended up explicitly mentioned only in the context of possible benefit-sharing in the final text.

Despite its absence, IP remains an important body of law that needs to be considered when countries seek to establish national systems to implement the Nagoya Protocol. This seminar will highlight recent work by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on the policy space available for countries to use selected IP tools in support of the international access and benefit sharing system.

Programme

11:00 - 11:05 Opening Remarks
Govindan Parayil, UN University Vice-Rector and UNU-IAS Director
11:05 - 11:50 The Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol: Why Intellectual Property Still Matters
Kiyoshi Adachi (Chief of the Intellectual Property Unit of the Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD)
11:50 - 12:30 Q&A

Video and Audio Podcasts

Opening Remarks
Govindan Parayil, UN University Vice-Rector and UNU-IAS Director
[Archived Video 2 minutes];

The Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol: Why Intellectual Property Still Matters
Kiyoshi Adachi (Chief of the Intellectual Property Unit of the Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD)
[Archived Video-50 minutes];[Archived Audio-50 minutes]

Q&A
[Archived Video-37 minutes];[Archived Audio-37 minutes]


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Speaker's Biography

Kiyoshi Adachi is Chief of the Intellectual Property Unit of the Division on Investment and Enterprise at the Geneva-based United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Mr. Adachi leads a team at UNCTAD looking into the integrated treatment of intellectual property and economic development issues, and has published and lectured widely on this interface. Prior to joining UNCTAD in 2002, he worked with the United Nations in both New York and Vienna, and as a lawyer with an international law firm in Tokyo. In the span of his career of 20 years, he has over 10 years of experience in various aspects of international regulation of the pharmaceutical/life sciences industry, including on relevant intellectual property issues, access and benefit sharing and the UN drug control conventions.

Mr. Adachi holds a Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles and is admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, USA. He also has a Master of Public Administration concentrating in development management from the American University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Asian Studies from Dartmouth College.


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