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Compliance

Compliance

Overview

The Compliance Procedures under the Treaty have the objective to promote compliance with all the provisions of the Treaty and to address issues of non-compliance. They include monitoring, offering advice or assistance, including legal advice or legal assistance, when needed and requested, in particular to developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

In order to facilitate reporting by Contracting Parties and monitoring of the implementation of the Treaty, the Governing Body approved a voluntary Standard Reporting Format and requested the Secretary to place online the Online Reporting System to streamline the reporting process through electronic means.

The Governing Body also established the Compliance Committee to promote compliance and address issues of non-compliance.

Online Reporting System (ORS)

The Compliance Procedures require each Contracting Party to submit to the Compliance Committee, through the Secretary, a report on the measures it has taken to implement its obligations under the Treaty. The first such report was due in October 2016 and the Governing Body, by resolution 8/2017 adopted at its Seventh Session, endorsed the recommendation of the Compliance Committee and extended the deadline to 1 October 2018 for those Contracting Parties that have not yet submitted their reports. The reports are published online and considered by the Compliance Committee for its reporting to the Governing Body.

The submission of such national reports is facilitated through the Online Reporting System (ORS).  Following the guidance received, the Secretariat has issued several notifications inviting the Contracting Parties that have not reported yet to submit their national report. The latest one in March 2017.

For any information regarding the reporting on compliance or the use of the ORS, please enter the ORS or contact us at PGRFA-Treaty@fao.org.

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