UNDP Speech at the ABS Inception Workshop Sudan National AssemblyMay 24, 2017
Excellency, Dr. Hassan Abdelgadir Hilal, Minister of Environment, Natural Resources and Physical Development,
Excellency, Ms. Imtithal El-Ryah, Chair of the “Health, Environment an Population Committee” of the National Assembly,
Dr. Noureldin Abdalla, Secretary General of the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources,
Excellencies, National Assembly Members,
Mr. Mohamed Fouad, ABS Regional Specialist for Africa,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me great pleasure and honor to deliver a speech on the opening session of the UNDP Global project on “strengthening capacities for access to benefit sharing (ABS). This initiative comes under the Nagoya Protocol which is a landmark international treaty under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that have been recently adopted in 2010 by the International community and entered into force in 2014, it is now ratified by 96 countries, including Sudan.
The Access to Benefit-sharing is a key tool for facilitating the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, by enhancing legal certainty and transparency on procedures for access and benefit-sharing, and for monitoring the utilization of genetic resources along the value chain, including through the internationally recognized certificate of compliance.
The fair and equitable sharing of those benefits between users and providers will create economic opportunities by promoting Research and Development and biotechnologies thus making a direct contribution to achieving the sustainable development goals.
Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,
UNDP Access to Benefit Sharing (ABS) portfolio accounts for 45 projects in 40 countries globally. The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project, provides direct support to 24 countries, including Sudan, to support them with the implementation of the Nagoya protocol.
We are aware ladies and gentlemen that, the National Environment Conservation Act of 2001 covers the protection of biodiversity. The institutional management of the conservation, sustainable use of biodiversity, and the sharing of benefits derived from the use of genetic resources in Sudan is done mainly through sectoral implementation.
The National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Sudan indicates the necessity of enactment of necessary national legislations for the conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity taking into consideration the matters related to access and benefit-sharing as well as protection of the local communities, farmers, and pastoralist rights to biological resources and their indigenous knowledge, practices, and technologies; including issuance of a national legislations.
A comprehensive national regulatory framework for Access and Benefit sharing under the Nagoya Protocol is necessary to ensure the legal certainty for both users and providers of genetic resources. This would entail realization of economic monetary benefits such as the payment of royalties or non-monetary such as capacity development, transfer of research results and technology transfer.
I wish a successful startup and smooth implementation of the project that would eventually lead to the initiation of the required laws and legislations for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and the sharing of benefits which is crucial to the Sudanese economy and to the targeted population at large.
Finally, please allow me to thank you for hosting this inception workshop at the National Assembly which shows the high national interest and commitment needed for the project to achieve its intended results.