Second Meeting of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture acting as the Interim Committee for the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

15-19 November 2004, Rome, Italy
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Highlights for Monday, 15 November 2004

The second session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) acting as Interim Committee for the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) opened on Monday, 15 November 2004, immediately following CGRFA-10. Delegates heard opening statements and a report on progress and activities since the first session of the Interim Committee, elected the Bureau of the meeting and adopted the agenda and timetable. They also addressed the report of the Expert Group on the terms of the standard Material Transfer Agreement (MTA). Above photo L-R: Mahmoud Solh (FAO), Louise Fresco, FAO Assistant Director-General for Agriculture, Fernando Gerbasi (Venezuela), Jose Esquinas, CGRFA Secretary and Clive Stannard (CGRFA).
 

  Opening session



Louise Fresco (left), FAO Assistant Director-General for Agriculture noted the rapid speed of ratifications and said that the Treaty currently has 61 Contracting Parties and the first meeting of the Governing Body should convene no later than two years from the Treaty entry into force.


Fernando Gerbasi (Venezuela), Chair of the first meeting of the ITPGR Interim Committee, opened the session highlighting ITPGR’s entry into force on 29 June 2004 and Spain’s offer to host the first meeting of the Governing Body. Above photo L-R: CGRFA-9 Chair Robert Bertram (US) in a lively discussion with Fernando Gerbasi (Venezuela), Chair of the first session of the ITPGR Interim Committee.


ITPGR-2 Bureau Members:


Delegates then elected the meeting’s Bureau. Upon a proposal by Portugal, on behalf of Europe, North America and Southwest Pacific, delegates elected Bryan Harvey (Canada) as Chair of the meeting, and Anders Christiansen (Denmark) (above center) and Kristiane Herrmann (Australia) ( above right) as Vice-Chairs. Panama, on behalf of the G-77, nominated Carlos Pozzo Bracho (Venezuela), Champak Chatterji (India) (above left) and Javad Mozafari (Iran) as Vice-Chairs, and Modesto Fernández (Cuba) as the meeting rapporteur, while nomination of one Vice-Chair is pending.



José Esquinas-Alcázar, CGRFA Secretary, presented the report (CGRFA/MIC-2/04/Inf.2), outlining the meeting agenda, and stressing that a successful first session of the Governing Body would pave the way for fast implementation of the Treaty.


Bryan Harvey, Chair of the second session of the ITPGR Interim Committee, expressed appreciation to Gerbasi for his contribution, and invited a report on progress and activities since the first meeting of the Interim Committee.


report of the expert group on the terms of the standard mta:

 


Noting with concern the limited participation of developing countries in the Expert Group meeting, BRAZIL proposed a more participatory and multi-disciplinary approach for the contact group. Above photo L-R: Maria Angelica Ikeda and Saulo Ceolin (Brazil)


Eng-Siang Lim
(Malaysia), Chair of the Expert Group on the terms of the standard MTA, presented the group’s report.



The US proposed that the decision on the chair, composition and  Terms of References (TORs) of the contact group be made at this meeting. Above photo: David Hegwood (US)


JAPAN requested that the contact group be open-ended, to ensure representation of national considerations. Above photo: Hideo Inomata (Japan)

Draft rules of procedure for the Governing Body: 


IRAN stressed the need to convene an open-ended inter-sessional working group, as agreed at the first session of the Interim Committee, and called upon FAO to continue exploring funding possibilities. Above photo: Naini Noori (Iran)


The EU suggested convening the small group on draft rules of procedure as soon as possible. Above photo: Hans Hoogeven (The Netherlands on behalf of the EU)



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