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Twelfth Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

17 & 19-23 October 2009 | UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters, Rome, Italy
 

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Highlights for Monday, 19 October 2009

The twelfth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-12) opened on Monday, 19 October, at the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in Rome, Italy. Delegates elected the meeting’s chair and vice-chairs, adopted the agenda and timetable, and considered agenda items relating to the multi-year programme of work (MYPOW), including the cross-sectoral matter of access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for GRFA, and the Commission’s mode of operation, namely the draft rules of procedure.

L-R: View of the opening dais with Antonio Taveras, FAO Legal Office; Shivaji Pandey, FAO; Ichiro Nomura, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of FAO; Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General, Natural Resources Management and Environment Department of FAO; Bert Visser, Commission Chair (the Netherlands); Dan Leskien, Alvaro Toledo, and Richard Laing, CGRFA Secretariat.
 
L-R: Modesto Fernández (Cuba), in consultation with Bert Visser, CGRFA-11 Chair (the Netherlands); Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat.
 
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Bert Visser, Commission Chair (the Netherlands) reported on activities by the Bureau at its two inter-sessional meetings

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Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General, Natural Resources Management and Environment Department of FAO, identified topics to be tackled throughout the week, including consideration of the funding strategy for the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources.
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Javad Mozafari Hashjin (Iran) was elected as CGRFA-12 Chair.
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L-R: The dais with Chair Javad Mozafari Hashjin (Iran); Dan Leskien, Alvaro Toledo, and Richard Laing, CGRFA Secretariat.
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The US suggested the Commission take into account the unique role of GRFA in a manner complementary to the CBD’s work on genetic resources.

Suzanne Heinen, US
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Venezuela, for GRULAC, considered that FAO and the Commission should contribute technical support to work on ABS under the CBD to ensure adequate treatment of GRFA.

Gladys Urbaneja, Venezuela

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Kenya, for Africa, supported the Commission providing expertise on GRFA to the ABS process, and suggested inter-sessional work on the issue.

Zachary Muthamia, Kenya
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View of participants in plenary.
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The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) hoped that the Commission would further its work on ABS for GRFA and coordinate with the international regime currently being negotiated under the CDB.


Emile Frison, Director General, Bioversity International
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Shakeel Bhatti, ITPGR Executive Secretary, recalled Resolution 7/2009 inviting the Commission to collaborate with the Governing Body so that issues related to ABS in PGRFA may be dealt with in an harmonious manner.
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The League of Pastoral People said that it is important to operationalize CBD Article 8(j) on traditional knowledge protection, bearing in mind livestock keepers’ rights.

Kabir Bavikatte, League for Pastoral Peoples
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Bioversity International banner on Agricultural Biodiversity.
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FAO banners on Food Security in the atrium.
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Tile artwork donated by Tunisia depicting an olive harvest.
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Pedro Andrade, Brazil Emily Collins, Australia Ali Abdulla Al-Shurai, Yemen Ylva Tilander, Sweden  
 
 
 
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CRGFA-12 website
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