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9 Jul 2020

250 organisations from 60 countries are calling on Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein in an open letter to stop imposing strict plant variety protection laws on the countries of the global South; laws with which they themselves do not comply. This demand by the EFTA countries for strict plant variety protection – a kind of patent protection on seeds – drastically restricts the free use of seeds, to the detriment of farmers in the global South.

1 Apr 2016

The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), in its meetings of 17th March, agreed to hold a joint symposium on 26th October with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (“ITPGRFA”) on the interrelations between the ITPGRFA and the UPOV Conventions.1

15 Oct 2015

A new tool to assist developing countries in designing a “custom made” plant variety protection legislation suitable for the seed and agricultural systems that prevail in developing countries has been published by an international group of NGOs[1].

11 Apr 2014

Today the UPOV Council confirmed that the Draft ARIPO Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants is in conformity with the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention allowing ARIPO Members that ratify the Protocol to become a party to the UPOV Convention. According to a legal opinion written by Prof. Thomas Cottier from the World Trade Institute the decision taken is not in line with the 1991 Act of UPOV.

1 Nov 2012
Today, the UPOV Council adopted new rules for granting of observers status to its sessions. These amendments are aimed at restricting the participation of NGOs and farmer communities in UPOV meetings.
19 Oct 2011
This week the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) celebrates its 50th anniversary behind closed doors. UPOV has in its first 50 years, especially through its 1991 Convention strengthened breeders’ rights and supported the interest of the seed industry at the expense of farmers’ rights and the interests and needs of developing countries putting the right to food at risk. - To play a role in sustainable development and food security the organisation needs a dramatic change.
27 Oct 2010
The decision of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) to grant observer status to civil society and farmers’ organizations at its annual ordinary session on October 21, 2010 suggest the possibility of a new era of transparency and inclusiveness in UPOV’s discussions.
13 Oct 2010
by European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) & Association for Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society (APBREBES) The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) will decide next week if it will open its doors to farmers and civil society organizations that work in the interest of peasants, small and medium scale farmers and the broader public.
28 Oct 2009
Par Coordination Paysanne Européenne - CPE (maintenant European Coordination Via Campesina - ECVC), Development Fund, LI-Bird, Déclaration de Berne, Searice, Third World Network en Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). Le 21 octobre 2009, le Conseil de l'Union pour la Protection des Obtentions Végétales (UPOV) a rejeté la demande d'accréditation de l’association « Association of Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society » (APREBES ) et ECVC (précédemment CPE).


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