The United Nations (UN) has appointed Ghaamid Abdulbasat, a member of the International Advisory Committee (IAC), to lead the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity and Environment.
As a member of the IAC, Abdulbasat will help develop capacity-building programmes aimed at strengthening the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, which seeks to achieve a fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources.
The protocol has been in force since October 2014 as a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
In a statement released by the Secretariat on Biological Diversity of the United Nations Environment Programme, it was revealed that Abdulbasat, an ambassador on the environment in the Vice President’s Office and Director of the Tanzania Biodiversity Organisation, will be responsible for strengthening the implementation of the agreement after the launch of the biodiversity policy framework in December 2022 in Canada at the fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15), where Tanzania is also a member.
Abdulbasat has received various awards, including the United Nations awards for motivating, involving, and teaching young people about the conservation and protection of the environment since 2017.