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6th Session of the Governing Body (GB 6) of the International Treaty
on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)

5-9 October 2015 | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters, Rome, Italy

Highlights for Friday, 9 October 2015

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A view of Rome near FAO

View of the podium during the closing plenary

On Friday afternoon, plenary convened to adopt the report of the meeting and pending resolutions, including on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), farmers’ rights, the Funding Strategy and the Global Information System on PGRFA.

Plenary addressed the work programme and budget as discussed in the budget committee, and adopted it without discussion.

Delegates adopted a resolution on the Secretary of the Treaty, which provides for: extending the appointment of the current Secretary until GB 7 in 2017; requesting the FAO Secretariat to prepare a procedure for renewal of the appointment of the Secretary and a proposal on possible adjustments to the appointment procedure, examining also the matter of maximum term limits for the Secretary, for GB 7 consideration; and including the item in the GB 7 agenda.

Delegates gave standing ovations to bid farewell to Elizabeth Matos (Angola) and Modesto Fernández (Cuba), long-standing ITPGRFA delegates, to recognize their achievements as delegates, Bureau members and meeting Chairs. Matos expressed disappointment about the slow pace of farmers’ rights implementation and lack of attention to benefit-sharing. Fernández encouraged delegates to enhance the Treaty to prove that PGRFA can be conserved for future generations.

Italy announced a contribution of ­€1.084 million to the Benefit-sharing Fund, the Treaty’s core operations and implementation of the work programme on sustainable use.

Chair Worrell gavelled the meeting to a close at 7:51 pm.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary and analysis report from the 6th Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), which took place from 5 to 8 October 2015 at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Our summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF. Available in ENB Mobile at:

Specific funding for coverage of the 6th Session of the Governing Body (GB 6) of
the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) has been provided by the ITPGRFA Secretariat

View of the dais during the plenary session

Julian Jackson, UK

Shakeel Bhatti, ITPGRFA Secretary

Michael Ryan, Australia

Gemedo Dalle Tussie, Ethiopia

Brad Fraleigh, Canada

Ali Chehade, Lebanon

Ambassador Godfrey Magwenzi, Zimbabwe

François Pythoud, Switzerland

Godfrey Mwila, Zambia

Desterio Nyamongo, Kenya

Petra Engel, Italy

Paz Benavidez, the Philippines

Vivencio Mamaril, the Philippines

Elizabeth Matos, Angola, and Modesto Fernández, Cuba, received a standing ovation when their retirement was announced

Contact group on sustainable use and on farmers' rights

From L-R: Mario Marino, ITPGRFA Secretariat; Mario Maderazo, the Philippines; and Bell Batta Torheim, Norway, Co-Chairs of the contact group on sustainable use and farmers' rights

Médi Moungui, Cameroon

Jens Weibull, Sweden

César Tapia Bastidas, Ecuador

Larissa Maria Lima Costa, Brazil

Marvin Gómez-Cerna, Honduras

Participants networking

Around the venue

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