56. Canada continues to firmly believe that the TRIPS Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity are complementary, and that there is therefore no need to amend the TRIPS Agreement in this regard.
57. Canada welcomes the ongoing work of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC). Canada views the IGC as the best and most appropriate forum for discussion on these complex issues. It is an important venue to bring together expert views to discuss IP related issues in order to identify evidence-based, balanced, appropriate and mutually-beneficial approaches. Canada has been, and continues to be, an active and committed participant to this important work, and welcomes the concrete discussions and exchanges of national experiences at the IGC, which are so important to identify the issues at hand. In this regard, Canada looks forward to the upcoming 39th session of the IGC in March 2019.
58. With respect to procedural matters at the TRIPS Council, as Canada has previously noted, and without prejudice to our position on substantive matters, Canada can support from a procedural standpoint a briefing from the CBD Secretariat to the TRIPS Council, should there be sufficient interest from other Members on the matter. Canada could also support the compilation of the three factual notes on the TRIPS Agreement and the CBD, review of Article 27.3(b), and protection of traditional knowledge (documents IP/C/W/368/Rev.1, IP/C/W/369/Rev.1, and IP/C/W/370/Rev.1) by the WTO Secretariat. Canada remains of the understanding that this would remain an information collating exercise, and in both cases, this is without prejudice to national positions on these issues.