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Is there a fee to become a Party to the Nagoya Protocol?

  17 Feb 2022

Parties to the Convention and the Protocols are required to pay annual assessed contributions, which are based on the UN scale of assessment.  The contribution is not a fixed amount, it depends on the country's scale of assessment, date it becomes party and the budget amount. The budget is approved at every COP.

In accordance with Article 26 of the Nagoya Protocol, the financial rules of the Convention apply, as appropriate, to the Protocol. Under the financial rules of the Convention, every Party to the Convention is required to make an annual contribution to cover the costs of the administration of the Convention, including the functions of the Secretariat. The scale for assessing the levels of contributions that each Party is to pay is based on the United Nations scale of assessment for the apportionment of the expenses of the Organization. Contributions by developing country Parties, in particular the least developed ones, are relatively small and usually nominal. In fact, as far as the least developed country Parties are concerned, they are not, as a rule, required to pay more than 0.01 per cent of the total budget approved for any budget year.

 It should be noted that, according to Article 28 of the Protocol, the Secretariat of the Convention serves also as the Secretariat to the Protocol. The costs of the Secretariat services for the Protocol, to the extent that they are distinct from those to the Convention, shall be met by the Parties to the Protocol.

What are the benefits of becoming a Party to the Protocol?

Becoming a Party to the Protocol presents a number of benefits, such as the following:

  • Influence on the implementation of the Protocol and shaping of its further development through participation in the decision-making processes of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol;
  • For developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition, eligibility for financial support from the Global Environment Facility (the financial mechanism for the Protocol) for capacity-building, as well as other support for implementation of the Protocol and participation in its processes; (see Decision COP VII/20)
  • Enhanced visibility and credibility of national systems for ABS within the global community;
  • Contribution to harmonized rules, procedures and practices;
  • Facilitation of mechanisms and opportunities for governments to collaborate with other governments, the private sector and civil society;
  • Improved access to relevant technologies and data, and benefiting from a regular exchange of information and expertise; and
  • Demonstration of commitment to access and benefit-sharing, conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.

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