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The Convention on Biological Diversity, in its decision IV/9, paragraph 1 (1998), decided to establish the Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter-sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions to address the implementation of Article 8(j) and related provisions of the Convention. The mandate of this Working Group is to provide to the Conference of the Parties advice relating to the implementation of Article 8(j) and related provisions (decision IV/9) and to review progress in the implementation of the priority tasks of the programme of work (decision V/16, para. 9).
A fundamental principle of the Programme of Work and of the Working Group on Article 8(j) has been the effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities. Thus, the Working Group on Article 8(j) has adopted practices to ensure the effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in its work. Enhanced participation practices in the Working Group include such measures as: the nomination of an indigenous co-chair to assist the Chairperson of the meeting, as well as an indigenous peoples and local community bureau; the nomination of co-chairs for sub-working groups and contact groups; and enhanced opportunities to make interventions on all agenda items.
Additionally, to further assist the effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in the work of the Convention, the Secretariat has established specific web-pages and web-based tools, including the Traditional Knowledge Information Portal, facilitates regular capacity development efforts, and manages a voluntary funding mechanism for the participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in meetings held under the Convention.
In your views, what mechanisms or possible institutional arrangements could be needed for the implementation of a future programme of work on traditional knowledge post 2020?
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