Community Consultations Advocating for the Human Rights & Collective Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities at the Diplomatic Conference Treaty on Genetic Resources & Traditional Knowledge (GRATK Treaty)

GRATK Consultations –– Between 12 and 24 May, diplomats from around the world met to discuss and finalise the GRATK Treaty against patent-based biopiracy.

A delegation of Plant Activists attended the GRATK Diplomatic Conference with the Cannabis Embassy (accredited with NGO FAAAT-Forum Drugs Mediterranean). Ahead of the conference, we invited stakeholders from Indigenous peoples and local communities to attend a series of Community Consultations hosted online. The goals were to:

  • Inform stakeholder communities on the UN & GRATK Treaty process,
  • Share advocacy priorities & proposals, 
  • Generate community-based advocacy strategies in the Treaty process.

A total of 6 consultations were held in different time zones and in 3 languages (Geneva time):


GRATK Consultations in English

8 May 16h: Africa Europe 9 May 23h: Asia Pacific


Consultas sobre GRATK en castellano

8 de mayo 20h: América 9 de mayo 19h: América


Consultations sur le GRATK en français

8 mai 17h: Afrique 9 mai 20h: Afrique Europe

The consultations relies on our Position Paper as a basis for discussion and collection of inputs, and a special multilingual presentation created for the occasion (see slides below). The meetings were recorded only for internal note-taking purposes.

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Some slides from the GRATK Consultations ahead of the Diplomatic Conference

Watch/read the Opening Statement

Opening statement at the GRATK Diplomatic Conference, 14 May 2024

All information about the GRATK Treaty & Diplo Conf

GRATK Cannabis Embassy advocacy portal

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