30 June - The
last day (and long night) of ExCGRFA-6:
ExCGRFA-6 [finalizes] the IU
- Final update: - Chair Gerbasi closed ExCGRFA-6,
thanking the past Chairs of the CGRFA for all their work,
the interpreters, the Secretariat and the delegates for
their patience and political will. He described the IU,
with its remaining brackets, as "not perfect, but something
to build on."
Above right: Chair Gerbasi being congratulated by members
of the Dutch delegation, moments after the close of ExCGRFA-6.
of Chair Gerbasi's closing statement
there are still brackets in the text of the IU - what
The text of the IU will be forwarded to the Director
General of FAO, who is likely to send it to the Committee
of Constitutional and Legal Matters of the FAO. Once
this body irons out the legal issues they will send
it to the FAO Conference which will be held in November.
There is a possibility that some brackets will be
cleared with intersessional work, but no intersessional
sessions are planned as of yet. The list of crops
will most certainly be the object of pre-Conference
informal negotiations. Ultimately, it will be at the
Conference that the brackets will have to be cleared.
Several have observed that given the high profile
of the Conference and the expected high degree of
public pressure, the IU has a good chance of being
approved in November.
- On Article 12.3(d),
on genetic parts or components, two versions of the text
remain, both bracketed. It is still undecided whether or
not PGRFA will or will not include the genetic parts or
components of a plant as discrete units. Delegates agreed
to Article 19.2, an over-arching clause stating that all
decisions shall be made by consensus, and proceeded to remove
all the "by consensus" that littered the text.
Article 4 (Relationship with other international agreements)
was bracketed in its entirety.
Dueck (Canada) (left), Co-Chair of the working
group on the list of crops, returned from informal negotiations
to give his report to Plenary. He noted that delegates agreed
to the inclusion of 35 crops plus 29 forages.
on behalf of the EU, expressed strong disappointment
at the restricted list of crops to be included in the undertaking.
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