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Biodiversity Policy & Practice
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 Thursday, 21 July 2011

CGRFA 13 Delegates met in plenary in the morning to consider: cooperation with international instruments, conventions and organizations; status and profile of the Commission; election of Chairs and Vice-Chairs; and aquatic genetic resources. The Contact Group on the Global Plan of Action (GPA) for PGRFA met in the afternoon and evening to finalize consideration of the GPA for PGRFA.

The Arco di Costantino in Rome.
Daily web coverage (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Cooperation with Other International Instruments and Organizations
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The view of the plenary.
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L-R: Javad Mozafari Hashjin, CGRFA Chairperson, and Linda Collette and Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat
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Godfrey Mwila, Global Crop Diversity Trust
William Wigmore (Cook Islands)
Neth Daño, ETC Group
Javad Tavakolian (Islamic Republic of Iran)
Mónica Martínez Menduiño (Ecuador)

Status and Profile of the Commission
Paulino Franco de Carvalho Neto (Brazil)
Asmerom Kidane (Eritrea)
Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat
Fumiko Yagihashi (Japan)

Nomination of Chair and Vice-Chairs
Jiri Muchka (Czech Republic), speaking on behalf of the European Regional Group.
Francois Pythoud (Switzerland)
Solita R. Sicat (Philippines), speaking on behalf of the Asian Group.
Poasa Nauluvula (Fiji), speaking on behalf of the Southwest Pacific Region.
Cheikh Alassane Fall (Senegal), speaking on behalf of the African Group.
Brad Fraleigh (Canada), upon being elected the new CGRFA Chairperson.
Ali Al-Shurai (Yemen), speaking on behalf of the Middle East Region.

Contact Group on the Updated Global Plan of Action
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The view of the Contact Group.
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Cesar Tapia (Ecuador), making a pointed intervention on behalf of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC).
Raj Patil (Australia)
Pedro Bruncunte (Brazil), speaking on behalf of GRULAC.
Zachary Muthamia (Kenya), speaking on behalf of the African Region.
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L-R: Lamis Chalak (Lebanon) and M. Saboor Shirzad (Afghanistan)
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Contact Group Co-Chairs consulting with each other.

Book Launch: Plant Genetic Resources and Food Security
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The launching of a new book, "Plant Genetic Resources and Food Security: Stakeholder Perspectives on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture," edited by Christine Frison (back row, in red), Francisco Lopez (front row, fifth from right) and José T. Esquinas (back row, second from left). The book, published by Bioversity International, FAO and Earthscan, is part of the "Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity" series, which is co-edited by Michael Halewood (back row, far right).

Side Event on Funding Strategy for the Implementation of the Global Plan of Action
Friedrich-Carl Bruns, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to FAO
Irene Hoffmann, Chief of Animal Genetic Resources Branch, FAO
Linda Collette, CGRFA Secretary
Teresa Agüero Teare (Chile), National Coordinator for Animal Genetic Resources
Francois Pythoud (Switzerland), Head of International Sustainable Agriculture, Federal Office for Agriculture
Nina Saether (Norway), Director of Norwegian Genetic Resources Centre
Cleopas Okore (Kenya), National Coordinator for Animal Genetic Resources
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An example of a ram centre for endangered ovine breeds in Switzerland.
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L-R: M'Naouer Djemali (Tunisia) and Joseph Sikosana (Zimbabwe) before the side event.
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Taking advantage of the complimentary refreshments.

Around the Meeting
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Javad Mozafari Hashjin (right), CGRFA Chairperson
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L-R: Ali Al-Shurai (Yemen) and Sanaa Abdulwahhab Abdulazeez (Iraq)
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Delegates from Europe discussing outstanding issues.
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Mohamed Lemine Ould Haki (Mauritania), left, sharing a laugh with colleagues outside the meeting room.
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Amadu Tejan Jalloh (Sierra Leone), left, waiting patiently for the meeting to begin.
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Chatting about the day's agenda and the ENB daily.
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L-R: Neth Daño, ETC Group, Patrick Mulvany and Jonathan Ensor, Practical Action
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The delegation from Kenya.
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Scouring for useful literature in the FAO publications room.
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Local staff assisting with technical support and distribution of documents.
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A quote of the former President of the United Arab Emirates, found in the FAO atrium.
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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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