|Last updated: 01/08/2014|
I have the honour to announce that the Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-Sharing (Working Group) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 9 to 11 December 2014. Arrangements are being made to allow delegates and stakeholders to hold regional and inter-regional consultations on 8 December 2014.
The purpose of this Notification is to invite all interested stakeholders to complete the questionnaire that the Secretariat will take into account in preparing Study 4 for the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to enhance the functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing. Deadline: 22 August 2014
The purpose of this notification is to invite national focal points and interested stakeholders to complete two questionnaires that the Secretariat will take into account in taking forward the discussion on the further development of the Global Information System on PGRFA. The suggested deadline for both questionnaires is 18 August 2014.
The 29th of June 2014 marks the 10th Anniversary of the entry-into-force of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). A special celebration will be held at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, on 3 July 2014 to mark this milestone, which will take place at 14.30 hours on 3 July 2014 in Room XXI of the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) at Palais des Nations, 8-11 Avenue de la Paix. This high-level event, co-organized by the International Treaty and the FAO Office in Geneva under the patronage of the High-Level Task Force of the Treaty, will be attended by eminent representatives, international institutions, members of the High-Level Task Force of the Treaty and other dignitaries. “The Treaty has accomplished a lot in the last 10 years and is now entering its next phase,” said Dr Shakeel Bhatti, Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources. “We are very pleased with all that has been accomplished in this short time, and are even more excited about the contributions the Treaty can make in the future.” The 10th Anniversary celebration in Geneva will focus on the Treaty’s role in assisting low-income food-deficient countries and provide a preview of future plans, with a particular emphasis on innovative new technologies for food security, agricultural biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation. The vital role of plant genetic resources in ensuring global food security and the success of the Treaty’s system of Access and Benefit-Sharing will be illustrated through the currently on-going 3rd round of benefit-sharing under the Treaty’s Benefit-Sharing Fund (BSF). Recent progress with regard to non-monetary benefit-sharing will be demonstrated by the development of the Treaty’s Global Information System on plant genetic resources, including a new initiative on seeds and genomics called “DivSeek.” A roundtable discussion on future perspectives will address future challenges and opportunities. ### For interviews with Dr Shakeel Bhatti, please contact: Ms Afshaan Shafi via E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone: +39-06-570-56628.
I am pleased to inform you about DivSeek, an initiative which, with the support of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, is grouping relevant experts of the global plant community around the universal need to develop standardized data formats, associated repositories, and analysis tools that could link large-scale sequencing and phenotyping data to publicly available germplasm accessions, including those that are part of the Multilateral System.
UNEP would appreciate responses to this questionnaire by the end of 6 June 2014, in order to prepare an analysis as a basis for discussion at a workshop later in the year. This UNEP project is concerned with coherence and synergy in implementing the global biodiversity-related conventions.
The Terms of Reference of the Working Group, which are contained in Resolution 2/2013, stipulate that Contracting Parties which have no representatives on the Working Group may participate, upon request to the Secretariat, in the work of the Working Group in an observer capacity.