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Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (AGD-806)

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 Governing Body is the highest organ of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture as established in Article 19

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

The Governing Body is composed of representatives of all Contracting Parties to the Treaty.

Chairperson Mr Matthew Worrell (Australia)
Number of Members 131
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
  • Sri Lanka
  • 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