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6th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (OWG-EFMLS-6)

14-17 March 2017 | Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy

Highlights for Thursday, 16 March 2017

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From L-R: Catherine Karr-Colque, North America Region; Tobias Kiene, ITPGRFA Secretariat; and Bert Visser, Working Group Co-Chair

On Thursday, the Working Group met in morning, afternoon and evening sessions.

Participants concluded a second reading of the third draft revised Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA). Among other items, they addressed provisions on: withdrawal from and termination of the SMTA; rates and modalities of payment arising from commercialization; and terms and conditions of a subscription system.

Participants then discussed the proposed launch mechanism for an enhanced Multilateral System, aiming to generate funds for the Benefit-Sharing Fund and expand the Treaty’s crop coverage. Most regions expressed their support for such a mechanism in principle. Africa expressed doubts on whether the timeline and plan proposed is realistic and, with India, proposed that a charge on seed sales in each country can be used to fund contributions to the Benefit-Sharing Fund.

Participants finally held a discussion on genetic information associated with material accessed from the Multilateral System. Some regions urged addressing the matter in the revised SMTA, while others highlighted the need for additional information and further discussion.

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From L-R: Álvaro Toledo, ITPGRFA Secretariat; Tobias Kiene, ITPGRFA Secretariat; Javad Mozafari, Working Group Co-Chair; Bert Visser, Working Group Co-Chair; and Kent Nnadozie, ITPGRFA Secretary Ad-Interim

Thomas Meier, European Region, with Michael Halewood, CGIAR Consortium

Dan Leskien, Secretariat of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) and Irene Hoffmann, CGRFA Secretary

Participants networking

Felicitas Katepa-Mupondwa, North America Region

Javad Mozafari, Working Group Co-Chair

Edward Hammond, Civil Society

José Francisco Montenegro Valls, Latin America and the Caribbean Region

Pierre du Plessis, Africa Region

Catherine Karr-Colque, North America Region

Akio Yamamoto, Asia Region

Frank Michiels, Bayer Corporation, with John Duesing, DuPont Pioneer

Carolina Rodríguez, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), with Paul Olson, Seed Industry

Patricia Larbouret, European Region

Bert Visser, Working Group Co-Chair

Tamira Ford, South West Pacific Region

Guy Kastler, Farmers Organizations

Thomas Nickson, Seed Industry

Kuldeep Singh, Asia Region

Marliese von den Driesch, Thomas Meier and Patricia Larbouret, European Region

Participants networking during the lunch break

Ali Chehade, Near East Region and Cheikh Alassane Fall, Africa Region

Kent Nnadozie, ITPGRFA Secretary Ad-Interim, with Pierre du Plessis, Africa Region

Hélène Guillot and Szonja Csörgő, Seed Industry

Participants networking during the lunch break

Paul Olson, Seed Industry, Frank Michiels, Bayer Corporation, and Kent Nnadozie, ITPGRFA Secretary Ad-Interim

Marliese von den Driesch and Thomas Meier, European Region

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Specific funding for coverage of OWG-EFMLS-6 has been provided by the ITPGRFA Secretariat

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