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Second High-Level Round Table on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)

21 June 2012 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Second High-Level Round Table on the ITPGRFA
The Second High-Level Round Table on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) took place at the Rio Centro, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 21 June 2012 during the Rio+20 Summit. The event was co-organized by Brazil and Italy, under the patronship of the High-level Task Force of the Benefit-sharing Fund of the ITPGR. The Round Table aimed to help to join efforts for a coherent and synergic implementation of the International Treaty.

As part of the UN Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020, the event fostered discussions among ITPGR parties, stakeholders and experts on pressing issues regarding the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. The discussion in particular focused on: the interaction between economy, biodiversity and food security; the ITPGR innovative mechanisms such as the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing and its Benefit-sharing Fund; and the potential monetary and non-monetary benefits arising from the utilization of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. Meeting participants agreed to adopt as recommendations of the Round Table a six-point action plan for the ITPGR. More information.
A view of Rio de Janeiro (photo courtesy of the Government of Brazil)
A view of Rio de Janeiro (photo courtesy of the Government of Brazil.)
Panelists during the Round Table.
Erikson Camargo Chandoha, Secretary of Agropecuary Development and Cooperativism, Ministry of Agriculture of Brazil
Baard Vegard Sohjell, Minister of Environment of Norway
Maurizio Antonio Lopes, Executive Director of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation
José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Yannick Glemarec, UN Development Programme (UNDP)
Javad Mozafari, Chairman of the Governing Body of the International Treaty
Braulio de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
L-R: Braulio de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, CBD, and Shakeel Bhatti, ITPGR Secretary, signed a document on the Joint Initiative between the International Treaty and the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Shakeel Bhatti, ITPGR Secretary
Participants during the Round Table.
Roberto Cavalcanti, Secretary for Biodiversity and Forestry at the Ministry of Environment of Brazil
Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, Vice-Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany
Pat Mooney, ETC Group
John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, former President of the Republic of Ghana and former Chairman of the African Union
Francis Gurry, Secretary-General of the Union for the Protection of New Plant Varieties and Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization
Emile Frison, Director-General of Bioversity International
Sándor Fazekas, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development of Hungary
Ibrahim Thiaw, Director of UNEP Environmental Policy Implementation Division
Emilia Harahap, Assistant Minister for the Environment of Indonesia
L-R: José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO, and Maurizio Antonio Lopes, Executive Director of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation
L-R: Shakeel Bhatti, ITPGR Secretary, and Clemens Neumann, Ministerial Director, Department for Bio-based Economy, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of Germany
L-R: Maurizio Antonio Lopes, Executive Director of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation; Shakeel Bhatti, ITPGR Secretary; Clemens Neumann, Ministerial Director, Department for Bio-based Economy, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of Germany; and Javad Mozafari, Chairman of the Governing Body of the International Treaty
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