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Third session of the Governing Body of the 
International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources 
for Food and Agriculture
1-5 June 2009 | Tunis, Tunisia

L-R: François Pythoud, Switzerland, in a discussion with Gustavo Pacheco and Saulo Ceolin, Brazil.  

Highlights for Wednesday, 
3 June 2009

Delegates to the third session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (the Treaty or ITPGR) met in plenary to address the relationship with the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the draft business plan, implementation of the Multilateral System (MLS) and the Third Party Beneficiary. The budget committee met in the evening, followed by a contact group on compliance.

Delegates from the Latin America and Caribbean Group in informal consultations before the start of plenary.


Ana Berretta, Uruguay, Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on the Funding Strategy.
Monica Martinez Menduiño, Ecuador
Hugo Verbist, Belgium
Participants listen to the morning plenary proceedings.

Zachary Muthamia, Kenya
Patrick Mooney, ETC Group 
Gustavo Pacheco, Brazil

Margaret Catley-Carson, Global Crop Diversity Trust.  A video clip showing the Svalbard Global Seed Vault also known as the Doomsday Vault. Susanne Heitmüller, CBD, in conversation with Julian Jackson, UK.
Chair Fernández with Shakeel Bhatti, ITPGR Secretary.
François Pythoud, Switzerland, in a discussion with Chair Fernández.

L-R: Javad Mozafari, Iran, consulting with Monica Martinez Menduiño, Ecuador L-R: Javad Mozafari, Iran, confers with Shakeel Bhatti, ITPGR Secretary.
L-R: Lars Landbo, Denmark; and Gapusi R. Jean, Rwanda, reading the ENB.

  Side Event: Farmers' Rights - Challenges, Success Stories and Ways Forward

The side event was held in the evening of Tuesday, 2 June, and attracted around 80 participants. It was organized by the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI), Norway, in collaboration with GTZ, Germany, and the Development Fund. Teshome Hunduma Mulesa of the Development Fund welcomed the participants while Regine Andersen, FNI, gave the introductory remarks and outlined the challenges related to Farmers' Rights, highlighted success stories from the realization of these rights and made suggestions regarding possible ways forward for the Treaty.

Bert Visser, Centre of Genetic Resources, the Netherlands, presented the results of an international online conference on options for Farmers' Rights, while Wilhemina Pelegrina, SEARICE, Philippines, provided information on Farmers' Rights issues and experiences in the Philippines. Presentations were followed by an open discussion among representatives from various civil society organizations, farmers, the seed sector and the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). 

Regine Andersen, FNI Bert Visser, the Netherlands Wilhemina Peligrina, SEARICE, Philippines
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