Article 13 of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing


Under Article 13 of the Nagoya Protocol, each Party is obliged to designate a national focal point (NFP) on access and benefit-sharing (ABS). However, it is up to each Party to decide which national institution will serve in that capacity. According to Paragraph 1 of Article 13, the NFP is responsible for making information on ABS available. It informs potential users of the procedures that are to be followed in applications for access to genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources. The NFP is also responsible for sharing information on competent national authorities (CNAs) and relevant stakeholders. In addition, it is the primary contact between the Party on behalf of which it acts and the Secretariat to the Protocol, which according to Article 28 of the Protocol is the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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