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7th Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on
Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

30 October - 3 November 2017 | Kigali, Rwanda

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Muhamad Sabran, Chair of the Seventh Session of the Governing Body; Margarita Gavira, ITPGRFA Secretariat; and Kent Nnadozie, Secretary a.i., Governing Body of the International Treaty

Highlights for Friday, 3 November 2017

On Friday, a morning plenary chaired by Antonio Otavio Sá Ricarte (Brazil) considered resolutions on enhancing the Multilateral System (MLS), farmers’ rights, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, sustainable use, compliance, MLS operations, and cooperation with the Crop Trust. The contact group on farmers’ rights and the budget committee met during lunch time.

The closing plenary resumed at 6 pm and adopted the report of the meeting and 14 resolutions, including on: establishment of an ad hoc technical expert group on farmers’ rights; extension of the mandate of the intersessional working group on enhancing the MLS to develop a proposal for a growth plan to attain the enhanced MLS and revise the text of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement; a decision to put in the GB 8 agenda the item of digital sequence information; and reconvening the ad hoc committee on the Funding Strategy and resource mobilization to, inter alia, develop the updated Funding Strategy.

Following regional statements, delegates acknowledged the long-term dedication and important contributions of Bert Visser (the Netherlands), Pat Mooney (ETC Group) and Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton (IRRI). Secretary Kent Nnadozie expressed commitment to maintain momentum to make meaningful contributions towards global food security and the Sustainable Development Goals.

GB 7 Chair Sabran drew the meeting to a close at 10:54 pm.

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Mario Marino, ITPGRFA Secretariat

Antonio Otavio Sá Ricarte, Brazil

Mustafa Ali Elagel, Libya

Godfrey Mwila, Zambia

Thomas Meier, Germany, and Matthew Worrell, Australia

Federico Condon, Uruguay, with Luciano Martin Donadio Linares, Argentina

Muhamad Sabran, Chair of the Seventh Session of the Governing Body

Francisco López, ITPGRFA Secretariat

Highlights for Thursday, 2 November 2017

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A morning plenary addressed items on: appointment of the Secretary; the communication strategy; and digital sequence information.

In the afternoon, plenary discussed draft resolutions on: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; sustainable use; collaboration with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Crop Trust, the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), and other bodies; compliance; and operations of the Multilateral System (MLS). Contact groups on farmers’ rights and on enhancing the MLS met in the evening.

A night plenary addressed revised draft resolutions, including on cooperation with the CBD and MLS operations. Deliberations continued into the night.

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Mónica Martínez Menduiño, Ecuador

Seta Agustina, Indonesia

Matthew Worrell, Australia

Delegates from the EU

Pierre du Plessis, Namibia

Georgina Catacora-Vargas, Plurinational State of Bolivia

Anke van den Hurk, International Seed Federation, and Bert Visser, Co-Chair, Working Group on enhancing the MLS

Mario Marino, ITPGRFA Secretariat, with Kent Nnadozie, Secretary a.i., Governing Body of the International Treaty

Highlights for Wednesday, 1 November 2017

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Room view during the plenary session

Delegates to the seventh session of the Governing Body (GB 7) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) met in plenary throughout the day to address items on: farmers’ rights; the multi-year programme of work (MYPOW); digital sequence information; compliance; and cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Crop Trust, the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), and other organizations.

The budget committee, and contact groups on farmers’ rights and on enhancing the Multilateral System (MLS) met throughout the day and in the evening.

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View of the dais during the plenary session

Médi Moungui, Cameroon

Matthew Worrell, Australia

Elizabeth Santacreo, Honduras

Kent Nnadozie, Secretary a.i., Governing Body of the International Treaty, with Mario Marino, ITPGRFA Secretariat

Matthew Worrell, Australia, and Thomas Meier, Germany

Isabel López and Michael Halewood, CGIAR Consortium

Highlights for Tuesday, 31 October 2017

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Muhamad Sabran, Chair of the Seventh Session of the Governing Body; Margarita Gavira, ITPGRFA Secretariat; and Kent Nnadozie, Secretary a.i., Governing Body of the International Treaty

Delegates to the seventh session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture met in plenary throughout the day to address items on: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the Funding Strategy; farmers’ rights; the Global Information System; and sustainable use. The budget committee, a Friends of the Chair group on farmers’ rights, and the contact group on enhancing the MLS met in the afternoon and evening.

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Antonio González, International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty

Christiane Deslauriers, Canada

Larissa Maria Lima Costa, Brazil

Kent Nnadozie, Secretary a.i., Governing Body of the International Treaty, and Jean-Christophe Gouache, President, International Seed Federation

Bert Visser, Co-Chair, Working Group on enhancing the MLS, with Kim van Seeters, the Netherlands

Yousef Wijhani, Syria; Fadila Al-Salameen, Kuwait; and Ali Chehade, Lebanon

Christine Dawson, US, and Bert Visser, Co-Chair, Working Group on enhancing the MLS, the Netherlands

Guy Kastler, La Via Campesina, with Antonio Otavio Sá Ricarte, Brazil

Highlights for Monday, 30 October 2017

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A view of the Kigali Convention Centre, venue of the 7th Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Delegates to the seventh session of the Governing Body (GB 7) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) met in plenary throughout the day and in the evening, to hear opening and regional statements, address organizational matters, and initiate discussions on enhancement of the Multilateral System (MLS) of access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and a proposal by Switzerland to expand Annex I to all plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA). Following lengthy deliberations, they agreed to address the topic of digital sequence information under the agenda item on the multi-year programme of work (MYPOW). A contact group on enhancing the MLS met in the evening.

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Marjory Jeke, Farmer, Benefit-sharing Fund project

Jean-Christophe Gouache, President, International Seed Federation

Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International

Timothy Fischer, Chairman, Global Crop Diversity Trust

Muhamad Sabran, Chair of the Seventh Session of the Governing Body

Kent Nnadozie, Secretary a.i., Governing Body of the International Treaty

Afshaan Shafi, Communication Specialist, ITPGRFA Secretariat

Geraldine Mukeshimana, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Republic of Rwanda

René Castro-Salazar, Assistant Director-General, Department of Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water, FAO

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EU Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

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