International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

ON-LINE EXPERT PANEL

IMPACT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON THE CONSERVATION, USE AND EXCHANGE OF PLANT GENETIC DIVERSITY

The Secretary of the International Treaty, with the support of the Kingdom of Morocco and in collaboration with the Global Crop Diversity Trust, convenes an international panel with high-level experts to discuss the current and potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the conservation and use of plant genetic resources for food security and sustainable agriculture. The panel will be an opportunity to share information and views, identify needs and actions among National Focal Points and other stakeholders in the International Treaty, and follows a recent survey conducted by the Secretariat. In particular, the panel will discuss how to mobilize the resources and mechanisms of the International Treaty to adapt to the COVID-19 realities as well as the alignment of the International Treaty with FAO’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme.

When:

15 September, 1:00–4:00 p.m. (CEST)

Where:

The panel will be held on Zoom. Please pre-register in advance of the meeting at this link: https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqcOmsqzgqHdM9MX-rvg3A2LE30SQbKsy5

The registration will be open until 15 September, 1:00 p.m. (CEST)

Simultaneous interpretation in French, English, Arabic and Spanish will be available for registered participants.

Themes of the panel: 

  • National PGRFA programmes and COVID-19 responses
  • Resilient seed systems
  • Conservation and exchange through the Multilateral System of the International Treaty
  • Research and development of crop germplasm for sustainable food systems.

Please click here for the full agenda.

Who:

The group of panelists will comprise representatives of FAO and other international institutions involved in food and agriculture, governments and private sector.

There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience.

For any question, please contact: [email protected]

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