Last updated: 19/12/2014
Cooperation and Partnerships
Convention on Biological Diversity Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Resource mobilization Policy coherence

Since the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol, the Governing Body has called on Contracting Parties to ensure that any legislative, administrative or policy measures taken for the implementation of both the Treaty and the Convention on Biological Diversity or its Nagoya Protocol, are consistent and mutually supportive. The two secretariat has signed a memorandum of cooperation and organise joint workshops.

The Commission was the forum where the Treaty was negotiated and ongoing collaboration brings policy coherence and complementarity of the two bodies in the area of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. The two bodies adopted a Joint statement of cooperation and there is in place a very close relation between their bureaus and secretariats.

The members of the Treaty has acknowledged the positive outcomes of the strategy of cooperation with relevant international organizations to facilitate the implementation of the Funding Strategy, especially its Benefit-sharing Fund, and have acknowledged the importance and value of building partnerships with regards to resource mobilization, programming and effectiveness of the Fund’s operation.

The Governing Body has requested the Secretary to establish and maintain cooperation with other relevant international organization and treaties on matters covered by the Treaty and to continue participating in relevant meetings of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, the World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the World Trade Organization, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, among others.

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The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference.



Signed by 150 government leaders at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Convention on Biological Diversity is dedicated to promoting sustainable development. Conceived as a practical tool for translating the principles of Agenda 21 into reality, the Convention recognizes that biological diversity is about more than plants, animals and micro organisms and their ecosystems – it is about people and our need for food security, medicines, fresh air and water, shelter, and a clean and healthy environment in which to live.



The Centre has a mandate from the UNEP Governing Council to provide a range of biodiversity-related services to UNEP, the biodiversity-related conventions and their constituent party-states and other bodies in the non-governmental and private sectors (Decision GC 22/1/III).



Established in 1964, UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD has progressively evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development.



UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.



UNESCO was founded on 16 November 1945. For this specialized United Nations agency, it is not enough to build classrooms in devastated countries or to publish scientific breakthroughs. Education, Social and Natural Science, Culture and Communication are the means to a far more ambitious goal: to build peace in the minds of men.



UNEP provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.



The founders of the United Nations University gave it a challenging mission: to contribute through research and capacity-building, to find original, forward-looking solutions to the most pressing problems which concern the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States.



The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.



The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre is the biodiversity information and assessment arm of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).



It is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.



The main objectives of the OAU were, inter alia, to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonization and apartheid; to promote unity and solidarity among African States; to coordinate and intensify cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Member States and to promote international cooperation within the framework of the United Nations.



It is a specialized agency of the Inter-American System, and its purposes are to encourage and support the efforts of its Member States to achieve agricultural development and well-being for rural populations.



CABI is a not for profit, intergovernmental organization that improves people's lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Their mission and direction is influenced by over 40 member countries that help guide the activities undertaken as a business.



It is a tropical organisation with a tropical agenda. But why study insects? Because in the tropics, insects are a fact of life to be reckoned with. Insects pose a greater risk to food production, often causing the loss of entire crops and destroying about half of all harvested food in storage.



The OIE is an intergovernmental organisation created by the International Agreement of 25 January 1924, signed by 28 countries. In May 2006, the OIE totalled 167 Member Countries.



The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) is an intergovernmental organization with headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland).

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El Mercado Común del Sur o Mercosur es un bloque comercial cuyos propósitos son promover el libre intercambio y movimiento de bienes, personas y capital entre los países que lo integran, y avanzar a una mayor integración política y cultural entre sus países miembros y asociados. Sus estados miembros son Argentina, Brasil, Paraguay, Uruguay y Venezuela que firmó su adhesión el 17 de junio de 2006. Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador y Perú tienen estatus de estado asociado.



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The OECD brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world to: Support sustainable economic growth

  • Boost employment
  • Raise living standards
  • Maintain financial stability
  • Assist other countries' economic development
  • Contribute to growth in world trade

The OECD also shares expertise and exchanges views with more than 100 other countries and economies, from Brazil, China, and Russia to the least developed countries in Africa.



The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) works in partnership with its members, other organisations and donors to deliver priority work programmes to member countries and territories.



Parlamento andino promueve el proceso de integración andina, incentivando a la participación de los pueblos, armonizando las leyes de los países andinos y protegiendo los derechos humanos, la justicia social y la democracia. Así mismo, promueve y orienta el proceso de integración andino en coordinación con otros órganos del Sistema Andino de Integración. Sustenta el imperio de la paz, la libertad, la justicia social, la democracia y el derecho a la libre autodeterminación de los pueblos. Vela por el respeto de los derechos humanos y la calidad de vida, en el marco de los objetivos e instrumentos de la integración subregional y de la comunidad internacional en esta materia. Incentiva la participación de los pueblos, procurando bases de legitimidad democrática de sus representantes e impulsar el desarrollo de la conciencia comunitaria y la identidad sociocultural andina.



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It is an association of 53 independent states consulting and co-operating in the common interests of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding and world peace. The Commonwealth’s 1.8 billion citizens, about 30 per cent of the world’s population, are drawn from the broadest range of faiths, races, cultures and traditions.



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It is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.



Africa Rice Center (WARDA) is the premier research Center for rice development in sub-Saharan Africa. It also serves as a hub for rice-related R&D networks in the region.



Bioversity is the world's largest international research organization dedicated solely to the conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity. It is non-profit and independently operated.