Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus

6th Session of the Governing Body (GB 6) of the International Treaty
on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)

5-9 October 2015 | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters, Rome, Italy


Summary Highlights of the Meeting

Download ENB Meeting Reports

Report:
Information Events
5 Oct
6 Oct
7 Oct
8 Oct
Summary

Receive our ENB bulletins and reports by email:

LANGUAGE EN FR

Photo Usage Information
Natural Resources Policy & Practice
Loading...

Receive emailed updates with the news articles above plus related information and announcements from our NATURAL RESOURCES community mailing lists:

Choose Mailing List:
Enter Email Address:
ENB Daily CoverageAbout | 3 Oct | 5 Oct | 6 Oct | 7 Oct | 8 Oct | 9 Oct | Summary

Highlights for Saturday, 3 October 2015

A view of Rome near FAO

A view of Rome from the FAO terrace

On the occasion of the sixth session of the Governing Body (GB 6) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA or Treaty), to be held from 5-9 October 2015, two events were held on Saturday, 3 October: an information event on the outcomes of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) during the biennium; and a special event on farmers' rights under the ITPGRFA, to share experiences and discuss future actions to strengthen implementation.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary and analysis report from the 6th Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), which took place from 5 to 8 October 2015 at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Our summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF. Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/biodiv-itpgrfa-gb6/

Specific funding for coverage of the 6th Session of the Governing Body (GB 6) of
the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) has been provided by the ITPGRFA Secretariat
ITPGRFA

Room view during the first session

Modesto Fernández, Working Group Co-Chair, Cuba

Bert Visser, Working Group Co-Chair, the Netherlands

Matthew Worrell, GB 6 Chair, Australia

Shakeel Bhatti, ITPGRFA Secretary

Antonio Otavio Sá Ricarte, Brazil

Gemedo Dalle Tussie, Ethiopia

Sadar Uddin Siddiqui, Pakistan

Pierre Du Plessis, Namibia

Kailash Chander Bansal, India

César Tapia Bastidas, Ecuador

From L-R: Modesto Fernández, Working Group Co-Chair, Cuba; Bert Visser, Working Group Co-Chair, the Netherlands; Matthew Worrell, GB 6 Chair, Australia; Shakeel Bhatti, ITPGRFA Secretary

Highlights for Monday, 5 October 2015

A view of Rome near FAO

Alejandro Argumedo, ANDES, Potato Park, Peru

Delegates to the sixth session of the Governing Body (GB 6) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (the Treaty or ITPGRFA) met in plenary throughout the day, to hear opening and regional statements, consider reports and organizational issues, and discuss the Multilateral System (MLS) and the Funding Strategy. A lunchtime event presented the proposed vision of the Global Information System. 

From L-R: Frank Rijsberman, CEO, CGIAR Consortium; Ahmed Nasser Al-Bakri, Vice Minister, Ministry for Agriculture and Fisheries, Oman; Matthew Worrell, GB 6 Chair, Australia; Shakeel Bhatti, ITPGRFA Secretary; Ren Wang, Assistant Director-General, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department, FAO; Alejandro Argumedo, ANDES, Potato Park, Peru; and Michael Keller, Secretary General, International Seed Federation

Paz Benavidez, the Philippines

Donal Coleman, Ireland

Michael Keller, Secretary General, International Seed Federation

Robert Zeigler, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Garlich Von Essen, Secretary General, European Seed Association

Javad Mozafari Hashjin, Iran

Michael Ryan, Australia

Pat Mooney, ETC Group

Matthew Worrell, GB 6 Chair

Yacoob Mungroo, Mauritius

Shakeel Bhatti, ITPGRFA Secretary

Ahmed Nasser Al-Bakri, Vice Minister, Ministry for Agriculture and Fisheries, Oman

Frank Rijsberman, CEO, CGIAR Consortium

Highlights for Tuesday, 6 October 2015

FAO members' flags

Plenary met throughout the day and addressed: the Global Information System; the work programme on sustainable use; farmers’ rights; compliance; and cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Global Crop Diversity Trust. Contact groups on the Global Information System and on enhancing the Multilateral System met in the evening.

View of the dais during the morning session

Fadila Al-Salameen, Kuwait

Marie Haga, Executive Director, Global Crop Diversity Trust

Sadar Uddin Siddiqui, Pakistan

Pierre Du Plessis, Namibia

Gemedo Dalle Tussie, Ethiopia

Carlos Paz, Argentina

François Pythoud, Co-Chair, Technical Advisory Committee on Sustainable Use, Switzerland

Francisco López, ITPGRFA Secretariat, with Theo Van Hintum, Co-Chair, Expert Consultation on the Global Information System on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the Netherlands, and Matthew Worrell, GB 6 Chair, Australia

Mayra Caldera, US

Javad Mozafari Hashjin, Iran

Brad Fraleigh, Canada

Maeen Ali Ahmed, Yemen

Manuel Claros, Venezuela

Angelika Tugaga, Samoa

César Tapia Bastidas, Ecuador

Jorge Eduardo Salazar, Guatemala

Mario Marino, ITPGRFA Secretariat

Tanmay Joshi, La Via Campesina

Peter Button, International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV)

Kathryn Garforth, CBD Secretariat

Highlights for Wednesday, 7 October 2015

A view of Rome near FAO

The "Campana della Pace" in front of the Preamble to the FAO Constitution

A morning plenary considered: cooperation with the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), the CBD and other organizations; issues related to the autonomy of the Treaty within the FAO framework; and the draft multi-year programme of work (MYPOW). A contact group on cooperation with the Global Crop Diversity Trust (Trust) met at lunchtime and in the evening. The contact group on enhancing the Multilateral System (MLS) and on the Funding Strategy met in the afternoon and evening. The contact group on farmers’ rights and sustainable use met in the afternoon. An evening plenary addressed compliance, cooperation with other bodies and organizations, and issues related to the autonomy of the Treaty. The budget committee met in the evening.

View of the plenary during the morning session

Theo Van Hintum, Co-Chair of the contact group on the Global Information System

Francisco López, ITPGRFA Secretariat, and Matthew Worrell, GB 6 Chair, Australia

Desterio Nyamongo, Kenya

Hamoud Darwish Salim Al-Hasani, Oman

Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat

Yvette Lakoue, Central African Republic

Clarissa Nina, Brazil

Claudio Chiarolla, WIPO

Juanita Chaves, GFAR

Donal Coleman, Ireland

Teshome Hunduma, Development Fund of Norway

Michael Halewood, CGIAR Consortium

Mir Amanuddin Haidari, Afghanistan

Kent Nnadozie, Álvaro Toledo and Francisco López, ITPGRFA Secretariat

Pierre Du Plessis, Namibia, with Donna Mackay, UK

Delegates from the Near East

Highlights for Thursday, 8 October 2015

A view of Rome near FAO

FAO 70th Anniversary

Plenary convened in morning, afternoon and evening sessions, to consider revised draft resolutions on the Global Crop Diversity Trust, measures to enhance the Multilateral System (MLS), the Funding Strategy, and the multi-year programme of work (MYPOW), and address administrative matters. Two contact groups addressed the Funding Strategy, and farmers’ rights and sustainable use. The budget committee, and a Friends of the Chair group on the MYPOW also met.

Matthew Worrell, GB 6 Chair, Australia

Bell Batta Torheim, Norway

Javad Mozafari Hashjin, Iran

Michael Halewood, CGIAR Consortium, with Elsa Tsioumani, IISD RS

Kailash Chander Bansal, India, with Kent Nnadozie and Daniele Manzella, ITPGRFA Secretariat

From L-R: Bert Visser, the Netherlands, discussing with Matthew Worrell, GB 6 Chair, Australia
The ENB team: Sandra Gagnon, Stefan Jungcurt, Asterios Tsioumanis and Elsa Tsioumani

Highlights for Friday, 9 October 2015

A view of Rome near FAO

View of the podium during the closing plenary

On Friday afternoon, plenary convened to adopt the report of the meeting and pending resolutions, including on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), farmers’ rights, the Funding Strategy and the Global Information System on PGRFA.

Plenary addressed the work programme and budget as discussed in the budget committee, and adopted it without discussion.

Delegates adopted a resolution on the Secretary of the Treaty, which provides for: extending the appointment of the current Secretary until GB 7 in 2017; requesting the FAO Secretariat to prepare a procedure for renewal of the appointment of the Secretary and a proposal on possible adjustments to the appointment procedure, examining also the matter of maximum term limits for the Secretary, for GB 7 consideration; and including the item in the GB 7 agenda.

Delegates gave standing ovations to bid farewell to Elizabeth Matos (Angola) and Modesto Fernández (Cuba), long-standing ITPGRFA delegates, to recognize their achievements as delegates, Bureau members and meeting Chairs. Matos expressed disappointment about the slow pace of farmers’ rights implementation and lack of attention to benefit-sharing. Fernández encouraged delegates to enhance the Treaty to prove that PGRFA can be conserved for future generations.

Italy announced a contribution of ­€1.084 million to the Benefit-sharing Fund, the Treaty’s core operations and implementation of the work programme on sustainable use.

Chair Worrell gavelled the meeting to a close at 7:51 pm.

Julian Jackson, UK

Shakeel Bhatti, ITPGRFA Secretary

Michael Ryan, Australia

Gemedo Dalle Tussie, Ethiopia

Brad Fraleigh, Canada

Ali Chehade, Lebanon

Ambassador Godfrey Magwenzi, Zimbabwe

François Pythoud, Switzerland

Godfrey Mwila, Zambia

Desterio Nyamongo, Kenya

Petra Engel, Italy

Paz Benavidez, the Philippines

Vivencio Mamaril, the Philippines

Elizabeth Matos, Angola, and Modesto Fernández, Cuba, received a standing ovation when their retirement was announced

Around the venue

ENB Daily CoverageAbout | 3 Oct | 5 Oct | 6 Oct | 7 Oct | 8 Oct | 9 Oct | Summary

IISD Reporting Services is grateful to the many donors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) and recognizes the following as core contributors to the ENB: the European Union, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, SWAN International, Government of Switzerland (the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Funding for translation of the Bulletin into French is provided by the Government of France, the Wallonia, Québec, and the International Organization of La Francophonie/Institute for Sustainable Development of La Francophonie (IOF/IFDD).