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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

Delegates from the Near East in consultation.   

Highlights for Thursday, 
4 June 2009

Delegates to the third session of the Governing Body (GB 3) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (the Treaty or ITPGR) met in plenary to address the implementation of Article 6 (Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources) and Article 9 (Farmers' Rights), the relationship with the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), cooperation with other organizations, and the independent FAO evaluation. Contact groups on the funding strategy and on compliance, and the budget committee, as well as informal groups on the Third Party Beneficiary and implementation of the Multilateral System (MLS) met throughout the day and night. 

A late night plenary adopted resolutions on: the funding strategy; the Third Party Beneficiary, including its procedures and operations; the business plan; cooperation with other organizations; relationship with the CGRFA; and farmers' rights. Following the closure of plenary after midnight, the contact group on MLS implementation and the budget committee met into the early morning hours of Friday.

Delegates from the African Group coordinating positions before the start of plenary.


René Lefeber, the Netherlands, Co-Chair of the contact group on compliance.
François Pythoud, Switzerland, Co-Chair of the budget committee.
Peter Hillery, ITPGR Secretariat
Contact group on the funding strategy discussing text.

Contact group on the funding strategy in session.
Ana Berretta, Uruguay, and Bert Visser, the Netherlands, Co-Chairs of the funding strategy contact group, with Marie Schloen, and Kent Nnadozie, ITPGR Secretariat.
Informal group on implementation of the Mulitilateral System in action.

Participants from the NGO and farming communities.

Alejandro Argumedo, Asociación ANDES  Luis Alonso Meza, Conservación Communitaria de la Agrobiodiversidad, Honduras Surya Prasad Adhikari, Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development, Nepal, with Jose "Pepe" Esquinas Alcazar, Spain.

Elisabeth Koren, Norway
Joel Rudinas, Philippines

Teshome Hunduma Mulesa, Development Fund (right) Kassahun Embaye, Ethiopia
Richard Laing and Juanita Chavez, ITPGR Secretariat L-R: Sonia Edith Solórzano Pacheco, El Salvador, with Efrain Figueroa, Vice Minister of Agriculture, Honduras


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