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ISF World Seed Congress Beijing 2014

ISF members support solutions for low level presence of GM material in seed

Mr Wang Yang, Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of
China addressing delegates

Nyon (Switzerland), 11 June 2014 - The International Seed Federation (ISF) concluded its annual World Seed Congress in Beijing on 28 May with 1,398 delegates from over sixty countries and high ranking representatives of international organizations in attendance.

Mr. Wang Yang, Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China graced the Opening Ceremony. On behalf of the Chinese Government and all Chinese people he warmly welcomed the delegates from all over the world, guests and friends of the seed industry to Beijing. He spoke of the wide influence of ISF and the positive role it played since its establishment in eliminating trade barriers and promoting the international movement of seed. Mr. Tim Johnson, President of ISF highlighted “the constant commitment of ISF to facilitating the international movement of seed and increasing the ability of companies to innovate”.

The General Assembly approved an industry-wide position paper on the implementation of national policies for LLP (see Asynchronous approval of GM events by national governments, differing regulatory frameworks and varying interpretation of ‘low level’ cause significant disruptions to seed trade. The paper stresses the importance of science-based, practical and transparent LLP policies that governments should adopt.

The Congress also represented an opportunity to mobilize support for the draft International Standard on Phytosanitary Measures that provides guidance to assist national plant protection organizations to identify, assess and manage the pest risk associated with the international movement of seeds.

Guidelines on assessing essential derivation in maize were adopted (see The concept of essential derivation has decreased plagiarism in plant breeding and ISF actively promotes international agreed-upon professional rules in order to assess essential derivation and resolve disputes. In addition, four Technical Guidelines for the correct and safe use of seed applied technologies and proper handling of treated seed were also approved.

A packed audience at the Opening Ceremony of
the ISF World Seed Congress 2014

The General Assembly unanimously elected Mr. Alvaro Eyzaguirre from Chile as President. The first ISF President from South America underlined in his acceptance speech “the need for a strong collaboration between the seed industry, farmers, governments, associations, non-governmental organizations and universities to respond to the unprecedented challenges of increasing food production and climate change”. In the face of an increasingly regulated environment, he urged delegates to work together with ISF in enhancing the image of the seed industry and promised that under his presidency ISF would continue to promote the seed business.

The next ISF World Seed Congress will take place in Krakow, Poland in May 2015. For more information, visit

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