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Newsletter #1 of The Association for Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society (APBREBES)

Dear friends and colleagues,

We are pleased to introduce you to the first issue of the Newsletter of The Association for Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society (APBREBES) founded in 2009 by seven civil society organisations from developing and industrialised countries. The purpose of APBREBES is to promote plant breeding for the benefit of society, fully implementing farmers' rights to plant genetic resources and promoting biodiversity.

[The seven organisations are: Berne Declaration (Switzerland), Center for International Environmental Law ((US), Community Technology Development Trust (Zimbabwe), Development Fund (Norway), Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (Nepal), SEARICE, Third World Network.]

APBREBES aims at the recognition and taking into account of Human Rights in general and Farmers' Rights in particular as well as the sustainable management of agricultural biodiversity in the decisions and activities related to Plant Variety Protection and of UPOV. APBREBES' activities include exchanging information and critical analysis of current regulatory frameworks for plant breeding and their various implications, as well as the facilitation of farmer and citizen involvement in local, national, regional and international decision-making processes and debates that affect the development of plant breeding.

APBREBES is the only global network of civil society organisations that has observer status to UPOV bodies.

To subscribe to the Newsletter, please go to:

For more information, please contact Susanne Gura, APBREBES Coordinator (Email: contact@apbrebes.org).

With best wishes,

Third World Network

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Updates on Plant Variety Protection

Issue #1 - 16 May 2013

Content

1.     Editorial: First issue of APBREBES Newsletter - Updates on Plant Variety Protection - 16 May 2013

2.     APBREBES report on the spring 2013 session of UPOV bodies - 16 May 2013

3.      CSOs and Farmers Organisations call on the SADC Secretariat to reject draft PVP Protocol - 2 April 2013

4.      Tanzanian Civil Society Statement on UPOV 1991 - 22 March 2013 

ท         Calendar of Events

ท         Subscribe to the Newsletter

ท         Feedback & Contact

1. Editorial: First issue of APBREBES Newsletter - Updates on Plant Variety Protection - 16 May 2013

The Association for Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society (APBREBES) welcomes the readers of its first newsletter issue! The newsletter will inform its readers on latest developments in relation to plant variety protection, with a focus on sustainable management of agricultural biodiversity, promotion of farmers' rights and achieving of food sovereignty. 

2. APBREBES report on the spring 2013 session of UPOV bodies - 16 May 2013

The UPOV Council, the Consultative Committee, and the Administrative and Legal Committee met between 20 and 22 March 2013. The key matters addressed were, among others, the Plant Breeders' Right Bill of Zanzibar; Programme and Budget 2014-2015; Explanatory Notes to the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention on three topics, including Essentially Derived Varieties, and Harvested Materials; developments of relevance to UPOV in other international fora; and participation of observers at the Advisory Committee to the Administrative and Legal Committee.

The full report is available on the APBREBES website: www.apbrebes.org

3. CSOs and Farmers Organisations call on the SADC Secretariat to reject draft PVP Protocol - 2 April 2013

Civil society organisations from the SADC region and around the world representing millions of farmers have condemned the SADC draft Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (Plant Breeders' Rights) as spelling disaster for small farmers and food security in the region. They are calling upon the SADC Secretariat to reject the draft Protocol and to urgently consult with farmers, farmer movements and civil society.

The Press Release is available at http://www.acbio.org.za/

The full CSO letter and submission to the SADC Secretariat is available at http://www.acbio.org.za/index.php/publications/seedfood-sovereignty/422-civil-society-submission-on-sadc-pvp-protocol-

4. Tanzanian Civil Society Statement on Farmers' Rights - 22 March 2013

Farmers' organizations and civil society organizations in Tanzania are concerned about the rush for Zanzibar to adopt its Plant Breeders' Rights Bill. It would hasten Tanzania's entry into the UPOV intellectual property legal framework with grave consequences for farmers. They expressed concerns that "the entire process has been non-participatory, shutting out the very farmers that the Bill purportedly benefits."

For the full statement and list of signatories see http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/UPOV-Tanzania-CSO-Statement-1.pdf

Calendar of Events

ท         13 to 17 May 2013: The WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP/11) meets in Geneva, Switzerland

ท         21 to 25 October 2013: UPOV bodies will meet in Geneva, Switzerland. Part of the session is a seminar on Essentially Derived Varieties. It is scheduled for 22 October and will be open to the public.

Other Upcoming Events are on our website. 

You are welcome to subscribe to our Newsletter and forward this issue to other interested individuals and organisations.

Feedback & Contact

Susanne Gura, APBREBES Coordinator

T: 0049 228 9480670  Mob: 0049 177 6691400

Email: contact@apbrebes.org

www.apbrebes.org

 


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