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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 Thursday, 22 October 2009

Delegates to the twelfth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-12) continued to discuss issues relating to the multi-year programme of work (MYPOW), including the adoption of the Strategic Plan 2010-2017 for the implementation of the MYPOW. Delegates also discussed cooperation with other international instruments and organizations, and the Commission’s mode of operation. In the evening, delegates met to further consider the Strategic Plan and policies and arrangements on ABS for GRFA.

L-R:Chair Mozafari consulting with Alvaro Toledo and Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat.
 
L-R: Francisco López and Kent Nnadozie, ITPGR Secretariat, reviewing CGRFA documents.
 
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CGIAR,from an ecosystem perspective, welcomed the vision of the MYPOW and Strategic Plan on GRFA .

Michael Halewood, CGIAR

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Ecuador supported a request to the Secretariat to prepare for this session a detailed draft budget for implementation of the MYPOW.

Monica Martinez Menduiño, Ecuador
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International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) highlighted the role of organic farming for the sustainable use of biodiversity.

Urs Niggli, IFOAM
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Fadila Al-Salameen, Kuwait, discussing text with Massoud Jaralla Al Marri, Qatar.
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Assistant Director-General Müller, FAO, underscored that the FAO’s reform process and a shift to results-based management means that budgeting procedures are in transition.
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The ERG reiterated its request for clarification on budget and activities for the next biennium under the MYPOW, and expressed concerns for the high dependence on extra-budgetary resources.

Ylva Tilander, Sweden

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Africa called on the Commission to make sure that developing countries be enabled to prepare status reports on GRFA.

Michelle Andriamahazo, Madagascar
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Thembinkosi Gumedze, Swaziland, accessing information from the ENB portal.
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Canada proposed accepting the invitations for cooperation extended in ITPGR Resolution 7/2009.

Campbell Davidson, Canada

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Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) highlighted the important role of the Trust as an essential element of the ITPGR’s Funding Strategy for the preservation and availability of PGRFA and welcomed collaboration with the CGRFA.

Godfrey Mwila, GCDT
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Shakeel Bhatti, ITPGR Executive Secretary, reported on outcomes from the third session of the GB on cooperation with the Commission, as set out in GB Resolution 7/2009.

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PRACTICAL ACTION asked the Secretariat to facilitate the inclusion of civil society organizations in activities leading up to the SOW on Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture.

L-R: Patrick Mulvany, Practical Action, with Wilhemina Pelegrina, SEARICE
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L-R: Albada Beekham, Trinidad and Tobago, Luseane Taufa, Tonga and Hadyatou Dantsey-Barry, Togo
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Julian Jackson, UK
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Tumurbaatar Erdenejargal, Mongolia
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Lamin M. S. Jobe, the Gambia
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Girma Balcha, Ethiopia
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FAO Resources
CRGFA-12 website
CRGFA-12 programme
Programme of the Special Information Seminar
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