Session of the Contact Group for the Revision of the International
Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources (IU)
: Monday 23 : Tuesday
24 : Wednesday 25 : Thursday 26 :
Friday 27 : Saturday
On Wednesday, 25 April, the Contact Group
started discussing Article 12 (Facilitated Access) of the Chair's
simplified text. Delegates specifically debated and drafted
language regarding Articles 12.1, 12.2, 12.2(a) and 12.2(f).
Additionally, developing countries introduced a proposal under
Article 12.2 calling for financial remuneration for
commercialization of PGRFA not used for purposes of research,
breeding and training for food and agriculture (e.g., chemical,
pharmaceutical or other non-food/non-feed industrial applications)
with such benefits flowing to the Multilateral System or the
country of origin of such PGRFA. A developed country also
introduced a provision on providers of PGRFA recording to whom
they have provided samples and providing such information to the
donors of such samples upon request. In the afternoon, delegates
discussed Article 12.2(d) regarding restrictions of IPR limiting
facilitated access to PGRFA, or their genetic parts or components,
in the form received from the MS. A few developed countries
preferred deleting reference to genetic parts or components and
some developing countries preferred deleting reference to in the
form received. A group of developed countries and two other
developed countries agreed with the Chair's text, highlighting it
as a careful compromise among divergent positions. After some
debate, all countries agreed to support the formulation in the
Chair's text, except for four delegations.
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