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22 July 2014

In June 2014, Berne Declaration, a Swiss civil society organisation published a critique of UPOV's assessment of the impact of adopting PVP laws based on UPOV 1978 and 1991. UPOV's Report on the Impact of Plant Variety Protection published in 2005 is often used by UPOV in support of introducing plant variety protection based on UPOV 1991.

22 July 2014
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UPOV in its press release dated 10th June 2014, announced that the African Intellectual Property Organization (known as the "Organisation Africaine de Propriété Intellectuelle" or by its acronym "OAPI") has joined UPOV as an intergovernmental organisation. OAPI has 17 mainly french-speaking countries as its members: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, EquatorialGuinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo. Its headquarters is in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

22 July 2014
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The UPOV Council, the Consultative Committee, and the Administrative and Legal Committee met on 10 and 11 April, 2014. Among the key matters discussed were: the Draft Protocol on Plant Breeders’ Right of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), matters raised by the International Seed Federation (ISF), UPOV's communication strategy, and developments of relevance to UPOV in other international fora.

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21 July 2014
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Today most intergovernmental organisations allow access to proceedings of its meetings. For example, in WIPO, the full report of its various meetings, including interventions and decisions of Member States are publicly available on its website.

11 June 2014

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4 April 2014

Addis Ababa, Accra 3 April 2014 - The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) strongly condemns the move by the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) to join UPOV 1991, which will effectively outlaw the centuries-old African farmers’ practice of freely using, exchanging and selling seeds/propagating material. These practices underpin 90% of the agricultural system within the ARIPO region.

31 March 2014

African civil society & AFSA have made several submissions to ARIPO detailing its many concerns with the content of the Draft Legal Framework on PVP, which is based on UPOV 1991, and the bias and lack of transparency in the processes leading to the finalization of the Draft ARIPO Legal Framework on Plant Variety Protection. Most recently AFSA submitted detailed comments to ARIPO's responses to civil society.

28 March 2014

Following protests in many Chilean cities (see APBREBES Updates issue #3) and years of controversy, on 18th March, the Chilean government withdrew from its legislative process, the proposed Plant Growers Law (commonly known as "the Monsanto Law") that would have brought Chilean PVP law in line with UPOV 1991

20 March 2014

Food Sovereignty Ghana - February 20, 2014: Organizations from Africa and around the world petition Ghana’s Parliament: Ghana’s Plant Breeders Bill Lacks Legitimacy! It Must Be Revised

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