The Future of UPOV in a Changing World: Issues and Challenges

25 March 2010
1 rue de Varembé, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland

The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion entitled, “The Future of UPOV in a Changing World: Issues and Challenges,” which will be held on 25th March 2010 (13h15-14h45) at 1 rue de Varembé (ground floor conference room).

From food security to climate change adaption, the role of intellectual property rights in agriculture and plant variety protection is becoming the subject of increased attention by a variety of stakeholders. It is contributing to shaping the future of the international food system, including the availability of the food we eat and the diversity of species cultivated in the world. In this context, the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) plays an important role in the protection of plant varieties by an intellectual property right.

Discussants on this panel will present the role of UPOV in the development of new plant varieties, its role in international governance of food and biological diversity, and will describe what they see as future issues and challenges for UPOV, particularly from a sustainable development perspective. The panel takes place at a time when UPOV meetings are being held, in particular, an extraordinary session of the UPOV Council on 26th March.

For further information, please contact: Caroline Dommen ( or Ahmed Abdel Latif (