News » Indonesia Speaks for Asia's Commitment on ITPGRFA

(adm/Oct 30, 2017)

The seventh session of the Governing Body (GB 7) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) is being held from 30th October to 3rd November 2017, at the Kigali Convention Centre in Kigali, Rwanda.

The session was preceded by two days of regional and inter-regional consultations, and a special event on genomics information. The Session was inagurated by Minister of Agriculture of Rwanda. Meanwhile, Dr. M. Sabran from Indonesia was chairing the 7th Session of GB.

Held under the theme “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Role of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture,” the session was expected to address items on general policy and implementation of the Treaty and its Multilateral System (MLS) of access and benefit-sharing (ABS); as well as administrative and budgetary matters.

Among other issues, GB 7 will consider: the Funding Strategy, Farmers’ Rights, sustainable use, the Global Information System (GLIS), and the report of the Compliance Committee. It will address: the launch of the fourth Call for Proposals under the Benefit-sharing Fund (BSF), further development of the Multi-Year Programme of Work for the Treaty, a communication strategy, approval of Kent Nnadozie as the new Secretary, and the procedures for future appointments. Besides, an issue about cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other international organizations and processes will also be taken into account during the discussion.

Deliberations are expected to focus on the measurement to enhance the functioning of the MLS resulted from intersessional work. These refer to 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.

Dr. Prama Yufdy, Head of Indonesian delegation delivered general statement on behalf of Asian Region. He stated that Asia recognizes the importance of PGRFA and Asia is ready to negotiate for crucial issues as long as it will be of mutual benefit and trigger progress for the Treaty.(vwh/sra/dg)

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