|Last updated: 02/03/2015|
I have the honour to announce that the Sixth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty will be held in Rome, Italy, from 5 to 9 October 2015 and will be preceded by two days of regional consultations.
In order to facilitate the participation of each interested stakeholder, the Secretariat will need to receive their requests no later than 6 February 2015, in order to ensure that the appropriate arrangements can be made, including in relation to registration to enter into the FAO’s premises. Such requests should be addressed to PGRFA-Treaty@fao.org.
As part of the ongoing cooperation between the secretariats of the International Treaty and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) I have the honour to provide the following information to you, and to invite you to review and comment on one of the initial outputs from a project being implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on "Improving the effectiveness of and cooperation among biodiversity-related conventions and exploring opportunities for further synergies”.
The purpose of this Notification is therefore to invite (1) Working Group Members to submit the above mentioned textual elements; (2) stakeholders of the seed sector to provide proposals for a possible minimum incorporation threshold; and (3) all interested stakeholders to share their analyses on the ways in which a subscription model could be implemented in the context of Art. 6.11 of the SMTA and beyond, bearing in mind the need to make such a model attractive to users. Deadline:20 February.
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.