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
Wednesday, 13 June 2007

On Wednesday, delegates to CGRFA-11 convened in morning and afternoon plenary sessions to address: the draft code of conduct on biotechnology as it relates to genetic resources for food and agriculture; guiding principles for the future harvest centers to address the possibility of the unintended presence of transgenes in ex situ collections; and the status and needs of other biodiversity-related matters under the mandate of the Commission. In relation to the last of these, delegates considered three of the five cross-sectorial matters listed for discussion: forest genetic resources; aquatic genetic resources; and micro-organisms and insects. The remaining two cross-sectorial matters will be addressed in plenary on Thursday.

In the evening, a small "MYPOW Committee" convened to commence consideration of the Commission's draft multi-year programme of work. At this session, the six FAO regional groups were each represented by four countries: Eritrea (Vice-Chair), Angola, Central African Republic and Nigeria for Africa; Thailand (Vice-Chair), Indonesia, Japan and Malaysia for Asia; the Netherlands (Chair), Norway, Poland and Spain for Europe; Ecuador (Vice-Chair), Argentina, Cuba and Jamaica for Latin America and the Caribbean; Iran (Vice-Chair), Egypt, Sudan and Syria for the Near East; the US (Vice-Chair) and Canada for North America; and Australia (Vice-Chair), Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Tonga for the South-West Pacific.

Committee members focused their deliberations on three questions: which issues to prioritize within each sectorial and cross-sectorial matter; the timing and means by which preparatory activities for each aspect of the MYPOW should be commenced; and which organizations the Commission and the FAO should cooperate with in relation to each sectorial programme and cross-sectorial matter. Evidencing the high level of interest in this agenda item, many countries not members of the MYPOW Committee attended the session as observers.

As per previous days, several side events were held during the lunch break and delegates met in regional groupings throughout the day.

Progress on the Draft Code of Conduct on Biotechnology

On Wednesday morning, delegates discussed progress on the draft code of conduct on biotechnology as it relates to genetic resources for food and agriculture.

Clive Stannard, Commission Secretariat, introduced the progress report on the draft code of conduct on biotechnology.

Iran stressed that the code of conduct on biotechnology should focus on promoting the use of biotechnology.

Thailand for Asia said the draft code of conduct on biotechnology should be given in-depth consideration at a future meeting of the Commission.

During discussions on the draft code of conduct, the UK for the ERG suggested that the Commission concentrate on those issues that fall most directly under its mandate.

Emile Frisson, Bioversity International, presented on the guiding principles for the future harvest centers to address the possibility of the unintended presence of transgenes in ex situ collections.

Angola, Zambia and many others made comments on the guiding principles presented by Emile Frisson.
Other Biodiversity-Related Matters under the Mandate of the Commission: Status and Needs
José Antonio Prado, Director, Forest Management Division, FAO, presented a paper on the world’s forest genetic resources: status and needs.

Sweden and many others commented on the status and needs of forest genetic resources.

Sri Lanka gave its full support to the report on the status and needs of the world’s forest genetic resources.

Argentina called on donors to provide financial support for further work on forest genetic resources.

Ichiro Nemura, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO, introduced the item on aquatic genetic resources for food and agriculture, underscoring the importance of these resources as a foundation for capture fisheries and aquaculture.

Brazil suggested development of a State of the World report on aquatic genetic resources should be country-driven rather than expert-led.

Álvaro Toledo, Commission Secretariat, introduced the report on the status and needs of micro-organisms and insects for food and agriculture.

Syria and others stressed the importance of mirco-organisms for food and agriculture.

Multi-Year Programme of Work

In the evening, a small “MYPOW Committee” convened to commence discussion of the Commission’s draft multi-year programme of work.

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