International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Message for 2020

Dear International Treaty community, colleagues & friends,

I am delighted to send you this message of good wishes from all of us at the Secretariat of the International Treaty.

2020 promises to be an extraordinary year, one during which we must all make some meaningful strides in saving crop biodiversity, especially through further strengthening the International Treaty and effectively implementing its objectives.

We are living in a time of climate crisis, which is inextricably interlinked to the loss of biological diversity on our planet.

Our natural world is being altered before our very eyes. We are losing species of all kinds every day. These losses in our natural world, these losses of our biological diversity are mostly irreversible and weaken our ability to adapt to the rapidly changing environment. If we do not act now, more species will be gone and lost forever.

We have been gifted a world rich in biodiversity, containing everything we humans need to live and to flourish. It is our unequivocal universal duty to protect our natural world.

Regrettably, we have not paid enough attention to protecting the rich biodiversity and responsibly using the resources that nature has made available to us in meeting our needs. Fortunately, it is not too late to take action now, to stop and reverse this trend.

The International Treaty will continue to do its part in conserving our world’s biodiversity, by working together to save and sustainably use the world’s plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, through saving and equitably sharing the benefits, for the common good of all.

We look forward to continue working closely with you in taking care of the seeds of the plants that take care of us all.

Wishing you a year full of nature’s goodness!

Yours sincerely,


Kent Nnadozie

International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture 
Organization of the United Nations

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