Side event at the 4th Ocean Forum: Sustainably harnessing the potential of marine bio-prospecting for socioeconomic development in SIDS

07 abril 2022
13:00 - 14:00 hrs. (CET), Room XXVI, Palais des Nations
Online and Geneva
, Switzerland

[This hybrid event is being held on the margins of the 4th Ocean Forum]

Themes for discussion:

  • What are SIDS' explicit and latent comparative advantages and how bio-prospecting can enhance the process of sustainable development?
  • How can SIDS diversify the use of ocean and coastal resources through bio-prospecting of marine genetic resources and beyond, in a sustainable manner?
  • What are the legal and institutional frameworks necessary to harness the potential of marine bio-prospecting?
  • What is the role of development partnership in supporting SIDS?
  • Within that, what should be UNCTAD's role in promoting the sustainable harnessing of the potential of marine bioprospecting for socioeconomic development in SIDS?


Panel moderator:

  • David Jose Vivas Eugui, Legal Officer, DITC, UNCTAD


  • Andrzej Bolesta, Economic Affairs Officer, ALDC, UNCTAD
  • Johanna Silvander, Programme Management Officer, ALDC, UNCTAD


  • Viviana Muñoz-Tellez, Coordinator, Health, Intellectual Property and Biodiversity Programme, South Centre
  • Alan Deidun, Associate Professor University of Malta, Malta Oceans Ambassador and Member of IOI
  • Paolo Bifani, former Senior Staff UNEP and Biodiversity expert Interactive discussion


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