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

The seventh session of the Governing Body (GB 7) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) will be held from 30 October to 3 November 2017, at the Kigali Convention Centre in Kigali, Rwanda, under the theme “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Role of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.” It will be preceded by two days of regional and inter-regional consultations, and a special event on genomics information, aiming to inform participants about how current and emerging biological technologies, including synthetic biology, as well as practices related to the exchange and use of genomic information, are relevant for the Treaty.

The session is expected to address items on general policy and implementation of the Treaty and its Multilateral System (MLS) of access and benefit-sharing; and administrative and budgetary matters. Among other issues, the Governing Body will consider: the Funding Strategy; farmers’ rights; sustainable use; the Global Information System; and the report of the Compliance Committee. It will address: the launch of the fourth Call for Proposals under the Benefit-sharing Fund; further development of the Multi-Year Programme of Work for the Treaty; a communication strategy; approval of Kent Nnadozie as the new Secretary, and procedures for future appointments; and cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity and other international organizations and processes.

Deliberations are expected to focus on measures to enhance the functioning of the MLS, resulting from intersessional work. These include: a draft revised standard material transfer agreement (SMTA), including a subscription system; modalities for a possible expansion of the coverage of the MLS; and a launch mechanism. In addition, the Governing Body will have before it a proposal for amendment of the Treaty submitted by Switzerland, which suggests expanding the MLS to cover all plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

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Specific funding for coverage of the 7th Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, has been provided by the European Union (EU) and the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
EU Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

IISD Reporting Services is grateful to the many donors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) and recognizes the following as core contributors to the ENB: the EU and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2017 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Switzerland (Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)), and SWAN International. Funding for translation of the Bulletin into French has been provided by the Government of France, Québec, and the International Organization of La Francophonie/Institute for Sustainable Development of La Francophonie (IOF/IFDD).

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