Linkages
News the ENB team About us Funders Activities Links Search IISD.org RSS Share on Facebook
Daily Web Updates/
Summary and Analysis

IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) has produced daily web udates and a summary and analysis from this meeting. To download our report, click the HTML or PDF icons below.
Summary Report English version French version
htm
pdf
htm
pdf
1 October HTML version PDF format HTML version PDF format
Loading...
Sign up for Biodiversity-L
Sign up for ENB
Biodiversity Policy & Practice

Fifth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR)

24-28 September 2013 | Muscat, Oman

Daily web highlights (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
ITPGR

Delegates to the fifth session of the Governing Body (GB 5) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (the Treaty or ITPGR) met in plenary throughout the day. In the morning, an opening ceremony took place under the patronage of H.H. Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq al Said, adviser to H.M. Quaboos bin Said al Said, the Sultan of Oman. Following a recitation from the Quran, H.E. Fuad bin Jaafar bin Mohammed al Sajwani, Oman’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, highlighted the importance of strengthening capacities for genetic resource exchange and creating an environment conducive for investment by the private sector. In their opening statements, regional representatives stressed, among other issues: the role of the Treaty in relation to food security and climate adaptability; ensuring the appropriate functioning of the Multilateral System for access and benefit-sharing (MLS); farmers’ rights; resource mobilization; the need for more effective information exchange on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) availability and sharing of benefits arising from their use; and expanding the list of crops covered by the MLS.

In his report, GB 5 Chair Javad Mozafari (Iran) highlighted intersessional discussions on expanding the Treaty’s membership and addressing its relationship with other international agreements. ITPGR Secretary Shakeel Bhatti called for proactive engagement with the CBD Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing to ensure harmonious implementation, and appealed to parties to continue including materials in the MLS and to develop innovative approaches for income generation under the Treaty.

Delegates also heard reports from: intersessional committee meetings on the implementation of the MLS, the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and implementation of the Funding Strategy.

Plenary then addressed implementation of the MLS and the Funding Strategy as one agenda item. The budget committee and a contact group on the MLS and the Funding Strategy convened in the evening.

*
View of the Opening Plenary
H.E. Fuad bin Jaafar bin Mohammed al Sajwani, Oman’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, welcomed participants
GB 5 Chair Mozafari Hashjin (Iran) opening the meeting
 
Greenpeace International, on behalf of civil society organizatons
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva addressed the meeting in a video message
Egypt, speaking on behalf of the Near East Region
The delegates of Japan and Sri Lanka joining hands to mark the their countries' recent accession to the Treaty
Lobby of the Al Bustan Palace Hotel
 
Regine Aderson (Oikos - Organic Norway) presenting her new book on Farmers' Rights
A harp player entertained participants during the lunch break
 
Daily web highlights (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Related Links
Meeting resources

bulletMeeting website

bulletMeeting documents

bulletMeeting provisional agenda

bulletMeeting side events

bulletITPGR website

bulletText treaty


IISD RS resources

bulletIISD RS coverage of the Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 8-19 October 2012, Hyderabad, India

bulletIISD RS coverage of the Selected Side Events at CBD COP 11, 8-19 October 2012, Hyderabad, India

bulletIISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB 4, 14-18 March 2011, Bali, Indonesia

bulletIISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB 3, 1-5 June 2009, Tunis, Tunisiaa

bulletIISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB 2, 29 October - 2 November 2007, UN Headquarters, Rome, Italy

bulletIISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB 1, 12-16 June 2006, Madrid, Spain

bulletIISD RS archive of meetings on the 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
bulletLinkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
| Back to IISD RS "Linkages" | Visit IISDnet | Send e-mail to IISD RS |
© 201
3, IISD. All rights reserved.