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Ambassador Choi Hyuck (Korea)
C; D; E REVIEW OF THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 27.3(B); RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TRIPS AGREEMENT AND THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY; PROTECTION OF TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND FOLKLORE
88. Responding to Canada's question, the representative of Brazil said that his delegation and other developing countries, who were the proponents of the disclosure requirements, had never suggested that only genetic resources found in developing countries be covered by the proposed disclosure mechanism. He had indicated that most existing biodiversity was found in developing countries and thus developing countries had been the main victims of biopiracy. In the same way, although the words "biopiracy" and "misappropriation" had been used in the past to refer to illegal acts that had victimized developing countries, this was meant to be a definition of the term "biopiracy", but merely as a statement of fact. He said that it was never his delegation's intention to suggest that only developing countries would or should benefit from the disclosure mechanism.
IP/C/M/48