The UN Biodiversity Conference takes place in November in Eygpt and incorporates the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the ninth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the third Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS). A number of key issues relating to industrial biotechnology research will be discussed, including the possible future inclusion of digital sequence information within the scope of the Nagoya Protocol. Further details on the EU Position ahead of this important Conference are available at