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Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Title Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Code AGD-806
Sessions and documents

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Legal Framework
Article of Constitution

Article XIV

Origin

The conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture are key to ensuring that the world will produce enough food to feed its growing population in the future. In 1983, the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was established, and the voluntary International Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources was adopted.

Another major step was taken in 1996 with the adoption of the Global Plan of Action at the Leipzig International Technical Conference on Plant Genetic Resources. All this work culminated in 2001 with the historic adoption of the legally binding International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The Treaty entered into force on 29 June 2004.

Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure

Category Cat.1
Purpose

The Governing Body oversees the following objectives:

  • (a) provide policy direction and guidance to monitor and adopt such recommendations as necessary for the implementation of the Treaty and, in particular, for the operation of the Multilateral System;
  • (b) adopt plans and programmes for the implementation of the Treaty;
  • (c) adopt, at its first session, and periodically review the funding strategy for the implementation of the Treaty, in accordance with the provisions of Article 18; 
  • (d) adopt the budget of the Treaty; 
  • (e) consider and establish, subject to the availability of necessary funds, such subsidiary bodies as may be necessary, and their respective mandates and composition;
  •  (f) establish, as needed, an appropriate mechanism, such as a Trust Account, for receiving and utilizing financial resources that will accrue to it for purposes of implementing the Treaty; 
  • (g) establish and maintain cooperation with other relevant international organizations and treaty bodies, including in particular the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, on matters covered by the Treaty, including their participation in the funding strategy; 
  • (h) consider and adopt, as required, amendments to the Treaty, in accordance with the provisions of Article 23;
  •  (i) consider and adopt, as required, amendments to annexes to the Treaty, in accordance with the provisions of Article 24;
  •  (j) consider modalities of a strategy to encourage voluntary contributions, in particular, with reference to Articles 13 and 18; 
  • (k) perform such other functions as may be necessary for the fulfilment of the objectives of the Treaty;
  • (l) take note of relevant decisions of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and other relevant international organizations and treaty bodies; 
  • (m) inform, as appropriate, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and other relevant international organizations and treaty bodies of matters regarding the implementation of the Treaty; and 
  • (n) approve the terms of agreements with the International Agriculture Research Centers and other international institutions under Article 15, and review and amend the Material Transfer Agreement in Article 15.
Secretary Mr Shakeel Bhatti
Membership

Under Article 26, the Treaty is subject to ratification, acceptance or approval by the Members and non-Members of FAO referred to in Article 25. Instruments of ratification, acceptance, or approval are deposited with the Director-General of FAO.
Under Article 27, the Treaty is open for accession by all Members of FAO and any States that are not Members of FAO but are Members of the United Nations, or any of its specialized agencies or of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The Treaty entered into force the 29 June 2004. The current number of Contracting Parties as well as the type of instrument used and the date can be consulted in the site of the Legal Office of FAO.The Governing Body is composed of representatives of all Contracting Parties. Each Contracting Party has one vote and may be represented at the sessions of the Governing Body by a single delegate, who may be accompanied by an alternate, experts and advisers. It is necessary to have a quorum which is constituted by the majority of delegates.

Chairperson Mr Javad Mozafari Hashjin (Islamic Republic of Iran)
Number of Members 130
List of Members
  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • European Union (Member Organization)
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Romania
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Lucia
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Togo
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish
Document symbol IT/GB
Frequency of Sessions The Governing Body holds regular sessions at least once every two years, scheduled, when possible, to coincide with the meetings of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Division Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP)
Contact information/email

pgrfa-treaty@fao.org

Web site

Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

First Session June 2006
Pattern of sessions 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013