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Special Information Seminar on Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: State of Knowledge, Risks and Opportunities
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Thirteenth Session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 13)

16 July 2011 and 18-22 July 2011 | FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

Highlights for Monday, 18 July 2011

CGRFA 13The thirteenth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 13) opened on Monday, 18 July 2011, at the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy. Delegates adopted the meeting's agenda and the timetable and considered items relating to the Commission's Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPOW), namely the updated Global Plan of Action (GPA) for the conservation and sustainable use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA), the role of biotechnologies for the conservation and utilization of genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA), and climate change and GRFA. A contact group on the GPA met in the evening and into the night.

View of Rome near FAO
The Coliseum in the heart of Rome.
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Opening Plenary
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The dais during the opening plenary.
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Ann Tutwiler (right), Deputy Director-General for Knowledge, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
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Javad Mozafari Hashjin (right), Chairperson of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA)
Linda Collette, CGRFA Secretary
Valérie Normand, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Shakeel Bhatti, Secretary, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)
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L-R: Javad Mozafari Hashjin (Iran), CGRFA Chairperson, Linda Collette, CGRFA Secretary, Valérie Normand, CBD Secretariat, and Shakeel Bhatti, ITPGRFA Secretary
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Javad Mozafari Hashjin (Iran), CGRFA Chairperson
Mario Arvelo (Dominican Republic), speaking on behalf of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC).
Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat
Jiri Muchka (Czech Republic)
Cheikh Alassane Fall (Senegal), speaking on behalf of the African Group.
Ali Al-Shurai (Yemen), speaking on behalf of the Near East Region, suggested considering biotechnology as a major component in the MYPOW.
Brad Fraleigh (Canada) clarified that biotechnology is already a milestone in the MYPOW and that there is no need to raise the profile of the issue.
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Brad Fraleigh (Canada) presenting the work of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group.
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Stefano Diulgheroff, CGRFA Secretariat
Afternoon Plenary
Mónica Martínez Menduiño (Ecuador)
Peter Tabor (United States of America)
Viliami Kami (Tonga)
Liz Matos (Angola)
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Wieslaw Podyma (Poland), speaking on behalf of the European Group.
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Gladys Urbaneja (centre), Venezuela
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Lamis Chalak (Lebanon), speaking on behalf of the Near East Region.
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Asmerom Kidane (right), Eritrea
R. K. Trivedi (India)
Modesto Fernández (Cuba), speaking on behalf of GRULAC.
Michelle Andriamahazo (Madagascar)
Urs Niggli, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
Dorota Nowosielska (Poland)
Toby Hodgkin, Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research
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Shakeel Bhatti (centre), ITPGRFA Secretary
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Emile Frison (right), Bioversity International
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The view of the plenary.

Around the Meeting
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Delegates registering and collecting their identification badges.
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Gift of the former President of the Republic of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
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Delegates collecting meeting papers from the Secretariat.
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Participants preparing for the opening plenary.
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L-R: ENB writers Nicole Schabus (Austria), Delia Paul (Malaysia), and Eugenia Recio (Argentina)
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CGRFA banners calling for biodiversity for hunger eradication.
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Related Links
CGRFA 13 resources
*Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Website
*CGRFA 13 meeting website
*Provisional annotated agenda and time-table
*Programme of the Special Information Seminar

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Fourth Session of the Governing Body (GB 4) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), 14-18 March, Bali, Indonesia
*IISD RS coverage of CGRFA 12, 19-23 October 2009, FAO Headquarters, Rome Italy
*IISD RS coverage of the Special Information Seminar - “Policies and Arrangements for Access and Benefit-sharing for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture,” 17 October 2009, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB 3, 1-5 June 2009, Tunis, Tunisia

*IISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB 2, 29 October - 2 November 2007, UN Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB 1, 12-16 June 2006, Madrid, Spain
*IISD RS coverage of the First International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, 3-7 September 2007, Interlaken, Switzerland
*IISD RS coverage of CGRFA 11, 11-15 June 2007, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS archive of meetings on Commission on Genetic Resources (CGRFA) and ITPGRFA
*Biodiversity-L - A mailing list for news on biodiversity and wildlife policy
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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