|Last updated: 19/12/2014|
Through Resolution 1/2013 the Governing Body requested “all Contracting Parties that have not yet done so to urgently notify the Secretary on their plant genetic resources for food and agriculture that are in the Multilateral System, in accordance with Article 11.2 of the Treaty, including information on how such material is available”.
The Secretariat will need to receive the requests of those wishing to participate in the second meeting of the Working Group in an observer capacity no later than 1 december 2014, in order to ensure that the appropriate arrangements can be made, including in relation to registration to enter into the UN Palais des Nations. Such requests should be addressed to PGRFA-Treaty@fao.org
This Notification invites Contracting Parties, stakeholders, and others to share any relevant information on the identification of interrelations between the International Treaty and relevant instruments of UPOV and WIPO pursuant to Resolution 8/2013. This Resolution was adopted by the Governing Body at its Fifth Session and “requests the Secretary to invite UPOV and WIPO to jointly identify possible areas of interrelations among their respective international instruments”. This matter and the relevant information will be forwarded to the Ad Hoc Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of PGRFA.
Note: Contracting Parties, stakeholders and others are invited to submit information pursuant to this Notification through the online facility: http://www.planttreaty.org/content/farmers-rights-submissions.
I have the honour to inform you that the Consultation on the Global Information System on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (COGIS-PGRFA) will take place in San Diego, California, USA, on 7 and 8 January 2015.
Following up to the earlier notification on the same topic (GB6-017-DivSeek Initiative), I am pleased to report on recent progress made with DivSeek, for close coordination with the International Treaty and, in particular, within the current work for the development of the Global Information System on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (GIS-PGRFA).
I have the honour to draw to your attention to some of the side events of major relevance for the Treaty's Programme of Work during the upcoming Twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-12) serving also as the First meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing. The meeting will take place in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, from 6 to 17 October 2014.
The purpose of this Notification is to inform Contracting Parties of the progressing depletion of funds and to invite them to make contributions to the Special Funds in support of the third meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System as well as the implementation of the Work Programme for 2014-15.
In relation to the Third Call for Proposals of the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty, I am pleased to announce the decision of the Bureau of the Sixth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty to invite the applicants