ABS Policies in Canada
5) Support Canada's Foreign Policy Objectives
ABS as an international policy issue represents an opportunity for promoting Canada's new International Policy Statement: A Role of Pride and Influence in the World. The government identified science and technology as an important component of Canadian foreign policy. It also announced its intention to strengthen relationships with emerging powers such as China, India and Brazil.10 India and Brazil are main proponents of an international regime on ABS. They are also seen as future strategic economic partners for Canada and potentially key players in the area of biotechnology development. By participating constructively in the design of an international ABS regime, Canada may enhance its relationships with these countries while more generally contributing to a better North-South dialogue. The good will and positive relationships built through developing a fair international ABS regime should contribute to the success of Canadian foreign policy objectives.
10Canadian International Policy Statement available at:
- Foreword - Investing in Natural Capital: Sustaining Biodiversity in the "Bio-based Economy"
- The Key Challenge of ABS: Fostering a Common Approach
- Public Policy Objectives
- 1 ) Promoting the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Canada's Biodiversity
- 2) Improve Canada's Economic Competitiveness in the Bio-based Economy
- 3) Support Ethical Scientific Research and Development
- 4) Foster Regional and Aboriginal Development
- 5) Support Canada's Foreign Policy Objectives
- 6) Contribute to the Improvement of the Health of Canadians
- Policy Questions in Implementing ABS
- Principles and Features of Canadian ABS Policies
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