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United Nations First International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Interlaken, Switzerland | 3-7 September 2007
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Interlaken Delegates Reach Agreement

On Thursday, delegates concluded their negotiations on the Global Plan of Action and the Interlaken Declaration, after focusing their efforts on the sections relating to financing and implementation. The text will be formally considered for adoption in plenary on Friday afternoon.

Thursday, 6 September

Bowen Louison, Grenada.

Carlos Mezzadra, Argentina.

Canada, for the North American region.

David Hegwood, United States, for the North American region.

Saulo Ceolin, Brazil.

Botswana, for the African region.

Delegates from Latin America and the Caribbean conferred.

Delegates from the Europe Regional Group huddled.

Delegates from the Asian Region discussed a document.
Presentation of the Wilderswil Declaration
Maryam Rahmanian, CENESTA, Iran, presented the Wilderswil Declaration of Livestock Diversity on behalf of representatives of 30 organizations of pastoralists, indigenous peoples, smallholder farmers and NGOs who had met in parallel to the Interlaken Conference at the "Livestock Diversity Forum: Defending food sovereignty and livestock keepers' rights." Rahmanian commended the analysis in the State of the World Report of the key causes leading to the destruction of biodiversity and highlighted that it identified the industrial livestock system as a primary cause. However, she said, the Global Plan fails to address these causes. She reaffirmed civil society commitment to organizing themselves in order to save livestock diversity and concluded that "defending livestock diversity is not a matter of genes, but of collective rights."
Side Event: Endogenous Livestock Development

The ELD network presented a lunchtime side event on supporting poor livestock keepers.
Around the Conference

Livestock keepers and pastoralists gathered on the banks of the river Aare for a morning photo.

Silvia Jesi-Galletti and Nathalie Bramucci of CGRFA made sure delegates had the latest documents.

Secretariat staff and participants posed for a celebratory group photo after reaching agreement on text for the Global Plan of Action and the Interlaken Declaration.

Related Links

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
ANGR International Technical Conference web site
Meeting Documents

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