|Last updated: 21/05/2013|
I have the honour to draw attention to the reports of the meetings of the recent Committees of the Treaty and, in particular, I would like to draw attention to the subjects that the Committees examined in view of their consideration by the Governing Body at its forthcoming Fifth Session.
The purpose of this notification is to bring to your attention decisions that are addressed to Contracting Parties in relation to the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing.
By Resolution 7/2011, Implementation of Article 6, Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources, adopted at its Fourth Session, the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture requested the Secretary “to invite submissions from Contracting Parties, other governments and relevant institutions and organizations on how to improve sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, including on sectoral policies and best practices for sustainable agriculture”. I would appreciate to receive such submissions by 15 March 2013.
I have the honour to draw your attention to the Report of the Fourth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Bali, Indonesia, 14-28 March 2011) and the decisions contained in Resolution 9/2011 by which the Work Programme and Budget for the 2012-13 biennium was adopted.
The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is pleased to announce the opening of the Electronic Consultation on Sustainable Use on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
In the spirit of implementation of the call by the Governing Body, and following the relevant priority indicated in the Rio Six-point Action Plan, the Brazilian Agriculture Research Corporation (Embrapa) and the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) hosted a workshop in Brasilia in August 2012. The final report of the workshop, that gathered a number of international and national institutions with skills and experience in agricultural technologies, in the public and the private sector, to discuss how to take up the challenge, is attached to this notification.
The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is pleased to announce the 2013 course “Contemporary approaches to genetic resources conservation and use” organized by the Wageningen University from 15 April to 3 May 2013.
Through resolution 3/2011 the Governing Body emphasized the need to raise the profile the Benefit-sharing Fund of the Treaty and invited Contracting Parties and other relevant stakeholder to explore innovative benefit-sharing measures within the benefit-sharing mechanisms of information exchange, technology transfer and capacity building.The Second High-level Roundtable on the International Treaty adopted the Rio Six-point Action Plan for the International Treaty and recommended stakeholders to establish a Platform for the Co-Development and Transfer of Technologies within the context of non-monetary benefit- sharing under the Treaty. The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply and the Ministry of Environment of this country, and the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) will be hosting a workshop in Brasilia on 7-8 August 2012 to discuss the establishment of such a platform. The draft provisional agenda is attached to this notification.