Eleventh regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-11)
11-15 June 2007 | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters, Rome, Italy
Special Event on the MYPOW

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CGRFA-11
Saturday, 9 June - Monday, 11 June - Tuesday, 12 June
Wednesday, 13 June - Thursday, 14 June - Friday, 15 June

CGRFA-11 HIGHLIGHTS
Friday, 15 June 2007

The final day of CGRFA-11 opened with discussion of the draft MYPOW. Working from a table of "major outputs and milestones in the Commission's MYPOW," prepared by the Secretariat, delegates considered the sessions of the Commission - between the twelfth and sixteenth regular sessions - at which matters relating to the categories of work under the MYPOW should be addressed. Except for a section concerning biotechnology, delegates reached general agreement on the schedule. Still on the MYPOW, they then addressed an analysis of the human and financial resources available within the FAO to support work on the various sectors of genetic resources for food and agriculture, and on streamlining the operations of the Commission for implementation of the MYPOW.

Delegates returned briefly to the agenda items concerning plant and animal genetic resources in the afternoon, considering nominations for the ITWG-AnGR and the ITWG-PGR. They also addressed "other matters," including agreeing to hold CGRFA-13 in Rome, Italy, in the third or fourth quarter of 2009. Delegates then concluded their deliberations over the draft Interlaken Declaration on AnGR, under the chairmanship of François Pythoud, Head of International Sustainable Agriculture Section, Federal Office of Agriculture (Switzerland).

The closing plenary session convened at 8:30 pm, with delegates working through the draft meeting report section by section. After closing statements from representatives for the regional groups and others, Chair Visser closed the meeting at 12:36 am.

Multi-Year Programme of Work

Delegates to CGRFA-11 commenced their work on Friday with further discussion of the MYPOW.

Argentina suggested organizing the MYPOW so as to consider only one cross-sectorial matter at each regular session of the Commission.

Canada suggested considering a report on the State of the World’s Aquatic Genetic Resources at CGRFA-14.

Morocco supported the ERG’s suggestion to have “periodic assessments”  or “progress reports” of the MYPOW at CGRFA-13 and CGRFA-15.

Brazil contended that CGRFA-14 would be too soon for the commencement of efforts toward a framework for internalizing the ecosystem approach to biodiversity management in agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

Cuba suggested the Commission “consider” internalization of the ecosystem approach.

Interlaken Declaration

Delegates convened in plenary in the afternoon to continue discussion of the draft Interlaken Declaration on AnGR.

François Pythoud, Head of International Sustainable Agriculture Section, Federal Office of Agriculture (Switzerland), chaired discussion of the draft Interlaken Declaration.

Cameroon, Zambia and many others made suggestions as to amendments to the draft Interlaken Declaration.

Closing Session

Chair Visser and members of the Secretariat during the closing session, at which the meeting report was adopted.

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