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Fourth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

14-18 March 2011 | Bali, Indonesia
Highlights for Friday, 18 March 2011
ITPGR
The fourth session of the Governing Body (GB 4) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (the Treaty or ITPGR) convened from 14-18 March 2011, in Bali, Indonesia. The session was successful in tackling its diverse agenda and adopting significant outcomes. In particular, the Governing Body adopted procedures and mechanisms on compliance, and reached consensus on the long-standing item of the financial rules of the Governing Body. It also adopted a work programme and budget for the 2012-2013 biennium including a moderate budget increase, and resolutions on a number of items including on farmers’ rights, sustainable use, cooperation with other organizations, and implementation of the Funding Strategy.

On Friday evening, following adoption of resolutions and the report, delegates heard regional and closing statements. During the customary exchange of courtesies, Chair Cosima Hufler (Austria) expressed her appreciation to Earth Negotiations Bulletin for coverage of the session and to Switzerland for making it possible by providing additional financial support. The meeting was gaveled to a close at 11:16 pm.
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A partial view of a temple outside the conference venue.
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Secretariat members Michael Dagon and Patrick Mink.
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Secretary Bhatti with François Pythoud, Switzerland.
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Christina Pitta, Cyprus, spoke for the European Regional Group.
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Chair Hufler and ITPGR Secretary Bhatti in talks.
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François Pythoud, Switzerland.
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Delegates before the start of the session.
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The delegate from Bhutan before the meeting began.
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Related Links
UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) resources
*Meeting website
*Meeting documents
*ITPGR GB 4 provisional agenda
*Report of the Chairperson

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 18-29 October 2010, Nagoya, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at CBD COP 10, 18-29 October 2010, Nagoya, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB 3, 1-5 June 2009, Tunis, Tunisia

*IISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB 2, 29 October - 2 November 2007, UN Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB 1, 12-16 June 2006, Madrid, Spain
*IISD RS archive of meetings on Commission on Genetic Resources (CGRFA) and ITPGRFA
*Biodiversity-L - A mailing list for news on biodiversity and wildlife policy
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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