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"The future of each nation and of humanity as a whole depends on how the present generation takes up the challenges of developing policies and actions for sustainable food production."
The aim of the Fourth International Technical Conference on Plant Genetic Resources, held in Leipzig, Germany (17 - 23 June 1996), was to prepare and consider two major elements of the FAO Global System for the Conservation and Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources: a first Report on the State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources, and, on the basis of the priorities identified there, a Global Plan of Action. Agenda 21, as well as the FAO Conference and FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture had called for the development of a Global Plan of Action for that subset of biological diversity dealing specifically with food and agriculture. The 2nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1995 declared its support for the formulation of such a Plan through the preparatory process for the International Technical Conference.
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