17-20 September 2024 Roma, Lazio, Italy
12th Meeting of the ITPGRFA Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS

The 12th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) will convene to discuss matters related to the implementation of the MLS. The ITPGR Secretariat will organize the meeting.

In 2013, the Contracting Parties to the MLS decided to start a formal process to enhance the functioning of the MLS and set up a working group tasked with recommending measures. The Working Group met ten times between 2014 and 2019. In 2022, the Governing Body decided to reestablish the Working Group with the aim of finalizing the enhancement process by 2025.

The Working Group is composed of up to 27 regional spokespersons: up to five from Africa; up to five from Europe; up to five from Asia; up to five from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC); up to three from the Near East; up to two from North America; and up to two from South-West Pacific. Up to two representatives from each of the following groups may participate as observers: civil society; the seed industry; farmers’ organizations; and research and academia, including CGIAR.

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dates: 17-20 September 2024
location: Roma, Lazio, Italy
www: https://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/meetings/en/

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