International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Farmers' Rights

Submissions of information on possible interrelations between the International Treaty and the relevant international instruments of UPOV and WIPO

The Governing Body at its Fifth Session in 2013 initiated a process to look into possible areas of interrelations between the International Treaty, especially its Article 9 on Farmers’ Rights, the UPOV Convention and relevant instruments of WIPO (Resolution 8/2013, para 3).

As part of this process, the Secretariat invited submission of information on possible interrelations from Contracting Parties and interested stakeholders. All inputs received were brought to the attention of the Ad Hoc Committee on Sustainable Use at its second meeting in March 2015, which processed the identified interrelations for transmission to UPOV and WIPO.  

The submissions are presented below in the form and language in which they were received.

Submission

By

Date of submission

Submission by SOLIBAM

Civil Society Organization

27/11/2014

Submission by Berne Declaration

Civil Society Organization

28/11/2014

Submission by SEARICE

Civil Society Organization

28/11/2014

Submission by South Centre

Civil Society Organization

28/11/2014

Submission by the Development Fund

Civil Society Organization

28/11/2014

Submission by UK Food Group

Civil Society Organization

28/11/2014

Submission by European Seed Association

International Organization

05/02/2015

The Symposium on possible interrelations between the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, held in October 2016 at UPOV headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, was also part of this process. It was attended by more than 140 participants, representing governments, farmers, civil society and the private sector. Participants heard a number of presentations on Contracting Parties’ experiences of implementing the two instruments at national level, and had an opportunity to discuss the issues with the speakers and among themselves.

The Symposium was jointly organized by the International Treaty and UPOV, and it was open to Contracting Parties and observers of the International Treaty and UPOV, as well as to the general public. Arrangements were made for simultaneous interpretation into English, French and Spanish.

The proceedings of the Symposium can be accessed here. Further information on the Symposium is available here.

At its Eighth Session, the Governing Body “note[d] the ongoing review process of the FAQ on the interrelations between the UPOV Convention and the International Treaty and exchange of experiences and information on implementation of the UPOV Convention and the International Treaty, and request[ed] the Secretary to continue exploring how Contracting Parties to the International Treaty could further contribute to these processes, and to continue the dialogue with UPOV on these matters” (Resolution 6/2019).

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