In 2011, the Commission decided to establish an Ad Hoc Technical Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and requested the Director-General of FAO to convene a three-day meeting of the Working Group. The meeting was held from 11 to 13 September 2012 in Longyearbyen (Svalbard), Norway.
In 2013, the Commission established a Team of Technical and Legal Experts on Access and Benefit-Sharing. Based on input from the regions, the team will prepare written materials and propose guidance for the intergovernmental technical working groups.
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