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News The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources now signed by EU Member States and the European Community

Concerned URL http://www.fao.org
Source http://www.fao.org
Release date 10/06/2002
Contributor Ulla Pinborg

On 6 June 2002 the 15 member states of the European Union, as well as the European Community, signed the UN International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The treaty was approved in 2001. It is legally binding and for the first time covers conservation and sustainable use of the world's agricultural plant genetic material, as well as the fair and equitable sharing of its benefits, including the commercial benefits. The treaty is in harmony with the Convention on Biological Diversity. Now 26 countries have signed it. The treaty enters into force after ratification by 40 countries. Eritrea, Egypt, Jordan and Guinea have already ratified it, and the 15 EU member states and the European Community have announced that they intend to ratify the treaty as soon as possible. FAO expects more countries will sign the Treaty during the World Food Summit, which take splace in Rome 10-13 June 2002. More information can be found at the FAO homepage http://www.fao.org

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