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FARMERS' RIGHTS IN ITPGRFA:

New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant Treaty: Task 4

Task 4: Further involvement of the Secretariat towards the fourth Governing Body Session

Through the Resolution, the Governing Body "requests the Secretariat to collect the views and experiences submitted by Contracting Parties and other relevant organizations, and the reports of the regional workshops, as a basis for an agenda item for consideration by the Governing Body at its Fourth Session, and to disseminate relevant information through the website of the International Treaty, where appropriate".

This provision builds on the resolution from the Second Session of the Governing Body on Farmers' Rights, where the Secretariat was requested to collect views and experiences and prepare and agenda item for the Third Session. Since the number of submissions was limited (see Task 2), this task is continued in the next intersessional period. In addition, regional workshops are to be convened, as highlighted above, and the reports from these will be collected from the Secretariat as well.

Probably it would be useful if the Secretariat could create an own space at the Treaty website for such submissions, and post all submission there when they arrive. This way, the submissions would be accessible for all and thus enable the sharing of experiences as well as the preparation for the next session, in terms of analysis of challenges and needs.

As set out in the resolution, the Secretariat is to prepare an agenda item for consideration at the Fourth Session of the Governing Body. For the Third Session, the Secretariat prepared an information document, but not a working document. Normally, there is at least one working document for each agenda item, often with elements of a draft resolution. It is probably useful if a working document be prepared for the next session, possibly with elements of a draft resolution, as appropriate.

The input submitted to the Secretariat from Contracting Parties, relevant organizations and stakeholders as well as from regional workshops will be decisive for the next steps of the Governing Body in terms of Farmers' Rights. It would be useful if all submissions and input can be made available by the Secretariat at the Treaty website, and if the agenda item is prepared in the form of a working document, possibly with elements of a draft resolution - as derived from the submissions.

Relevant links and documents:
   Resolution on Farmers' Rights from the Second Session of the Governing Body



Pages in this sub-section:
   FARMERS' RIGHTS IN ITPGRFA
   New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant Treaty
   New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant Treaty: Task 1
   New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant Treaty: Task 2
   New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant Treaty: Task 3
   New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant Treaty: Task 4
   New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant Treaty: Task 5
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  ABOUT FARMERS' RIGHTS
  Farmers' Rights in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
  Why Farmers' Rights matter
  The contents of Farmers' Rights
  History of Farmers' Rights in the FAO
  Farmers' Rights in the literature
  Civil Society Organizations' approaches to Farmers' Rights

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