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17 November 2014
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APBREBES

UPOV bodies – the Council (48th session), the Consultative Committee (88th session), the Administrative and Legal Committee (70th session), and the Administrative and Legal Committee Advisory Group (CAJ-AG) – met in Geneva from 13th to 17th October 2014. Below are highlights of the main discussions and outcomes. 

UPOV Council (48th Session)

The UPOV Council, the highest decision making body in UPOV met on 16th October.

Appointment of the Secretary General of UPOV

17 November 2014
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TWN

The multinational seed industry is pressing for more international harmonization of the plant breeders’ rights protection system that will intensify corporate control.

17 November 2014

Unlike most intergovernmental organisations that allow access to its meeting documents and proceedings, UPOV restricts access to meeting documents of the Consultative Council, to its member states.  Thus with the aim to enhance transparency in UPOV matters, APBREBES has from time to time been making requests under various Freedom of Information Acts. The latest request has facilitated access to restricted UPOV documents concerning the 88th session of the Consultative Council meeting that was held on 15th October 2014.

10 November 2014
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Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

In a press release dated 3 November 2014, the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) appealed to Member States of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) to postpone the Diplomatic Conference (scheduled to take place in August 2015 in Tanzania) that will formally adopt the much criticized draft ARIPO Protocol on PVP, modelled on UPOV 1991.

10 November 2014

On October 30, 2014, the Convention People’s Party (CPP) in Ghana has called on the Mahama Administration to withdraw, what it called “the disgraceful Plant Breeders Bill (PBB) submitted to Parliament by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice”.

10 November 2014

In a motion tabled before the United Kingdom Parliament on 4 November 2014, MPs call on the Government, to support community-controlled initiatives to assist farmers to access sustainable, affordable and productive seed varieties instead of initiatives that increase corporate control of seed markets.

10 November 2014
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Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

In its media release (7th October 2014), the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) expressed deep concerns over the acquisitions by multinational seed companies of large parts of SeedCo, one of Africa’s largest home-grown seed companies, operating in 15 countries across the continent with significant market shares in Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

7 November 2014

Abstract: Intellectual property rights, mostly in the form of patents and plant variety protection, have increasingly become an integral part of plant improvement efforts. With the advent of the TRIPS Agreement and the dominant interpretative implementation of its minimum standards, actors who use, conserve and improve agricultural biodiversity are faced with a strong property rights paradigm, which has been thoroughly criticised in the doctrine. However, these critics have not created the advocated regulatory shift.

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