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The 7th Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources was held 30 October – 3 November 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. The theme of the Governing Body was the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting brought together representatives from the 144 member countries of the Treaty, as well as NGOs, academics and civil society organisations; drawing more than 600 participants from around the world.

In this context, a side event was organized by Bioversity International on October 30, 2017. Two National partners of the Darwin Initiative project: Toussaint Mikpon, National Focal Point of the International Treaty of Benin, and Naritiana Rakotoniaina, National Focal Point of the Nagoya Protocol of Madagascar, gave a presentation during the event. In their presentation, Naritiana and Toussaint described the systems in, respectively, Madagascar and Benin, for the mutually supportive implementation of the International Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol, put in place under the scope of the Darwin Initiative.

  • The presentation given by Toussaint is available here
  • More information about the event is available in the flyer of the event


The 7th Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty also brought together several members of the Expert Guidance Committee (known as the EGC of the project): Naritiana Rakotoniaina and Michelle Andriamahazo, from Madagascar, Toussaint Mikpon, from Benin, Kent Nnadozie and Kathryn Garforth, from the Secretariats of the International Treaty and of the Convention of Biological Diversity, respectively, and Michael Halewood and Ana Bedmar, from Bioversity International.


Photo: Members of the project's Expert Guidance Committee (EGC) got together during the 7th session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty, Kigali, Rwanda


This project is conducted with the support of the Darwin Initiative - a UK Government Funded Programme. It is carried out in collaboration with the ABS Capacity Development Initiative, the Secretariats of the CBD and the ITPGRFA and the AUC. It is delivered through the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and through Bioversity International.