Genetic resources (genetic material of actual or potential value including elements of biological diversity in their natural setting, and modern or traditional cultivars and breeds used in agriculture, and special genetic stocks) can provide an important input for research and the development of new products, in an increasingly broad range of technological and industrial sectors. The terms and conditions of access to genetic resources, the exercise of prior informed consent by the providers of genetic resources, and the resulting arrangements made for the sharing of benefits from their use and development, are critical issues.
Existing international law and a number of regional, national and sub-national laws and regulations set the framework for exercising prior informed consent for access to genetic resources, and determining the terms and conditions of access, in particular ensuring that this material is used sustainably and the benefits of its use are shared equitably.
Key elements of international law include the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Within access and benefit-sharing agreements and legal regimes permitting access to genetic resources, the specific arrangements made for intellectual property management can be crucial in ensuring that they operate to create benefits from access to genetic resources, and in particular to ensure that those benefits are shared equitably and the interests and concerns of the resource providers fully respected.
Tips to Building Self Esteem
Guest post by Jae SongPublished in happiness, motivation
PHOTO BY KEVIN RUSSPeople with high self-esteem are the most desired, and desirable people in society.~Brian Tracy
Can you recall the last time you were in an emotional slump, such that your beliefs in yourself and your abilities were slipping away? How can we maintain the beliefs we have in ourselves, such that we can live with less anxiety and more joy?
Just imagine the things we would accomplish if we had the belief that we could do absolutely anything, especially if we could maintain a level of self-esteem that no circumstance could shake. What would you be doing?
Self-esteem comes from positive self-imaging, and it is something that we proactively build for ourselves. Self-esteem doesn’t happen while we wait passively. When we leave it up to external factors, we build our self-esteem on sandy ground. What we want is a rock-solid foundation, and this only comes from building it within.
Throughout our daily routines, our minds are very good at picking up all the things we’ve done wrong, and it makes sure we are aware of them. With such a counter-productive force at work, we can benefit greatly by regularly working towards establishing and building our own self image.
I’ve learned that the way we view ourselves directly affects everything we do. People with high self-esteem get along easily with others, rarely get sick, and seem to have high energy reserves. Also, their high level of self-esteem corresponds with their high level of productivity, capacity of happiness and state of well-being.
A Personal Story…
As a style coach, I (Jae) am my own boss – which is a blessing and a curse. Without a manager to report to, deadlines, or set schedules, I am responsible for enforcing these on myself – intrinsically. I must do these things if I want to achieve my professional goals, even though it can feel like a burden at times.
Last month, after several previous hectic months of intense work, I had fallen into a lull. Maybe you can relate with me… It started with a few missed to-do items, then failure to deliver on a few commitments. I could feel the self disappointment building inside. I felt stressed.
I woke up each morning with the thought of making up for the previous day’s failures, only to find myself failing once again. Iin this vicious cycle my work started to accumulate, and for days I needed to push back on obligations and commitments.
I felt the grip on my self-esteem slipping, and was now scrambling to hang on to the remaining scraps of what was left of it. I kept making excuses and rationalizations for why I wasn’t getting stuff done, and as my integrity waned, I started to lose faith in myself and procrastinate even more.
This was me a month ago.
It has been a beautiful learning experience being able to observe myself in this state of mind, and ultimately learning how I overcame it.
A Closer Look
Self-esteem = how much we like ourselves.
How much we like ourselves = level of self-dominion.
What is self-dominion? It is our ability to get ourselves to actually do, what we want ourselves to do; in other words, self-discipline and self-trust.
A person who has dominion over themselves has self-integrity – staying true to their words and commitments.
Every time we fail to listen to our inner voice, and do not take action in something that we need to, we lose trust with ourselves and our abilities. This lack of self faith continues to spiral downwardly as we flounder to fulfill more commitments.