The Fourth International Technical Conference on Plant Genetic Resources (ITCPGR-4) was convened today in Leipzig, Germany and will continue until 23 June 1996. Following opening statements by the German hosts and FAO officials, the Bureau was elected and the agenda adopted. The Secretariat then introduced agenda items 4 (ITCPGR-4 in the Context of the FAO Global System and the preparatory process), 5 (Progress Report on the Revision of the International Undertaking) and 6 (Review of the Report on the State of the Worlds Plant Genetic Resources). Governments proceeded to make general country statements. Work continues toward agreement on the organization of work.