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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 Friday, 22 July 2011

CGRFA 13 The CGRFA 13 closing plenary convened at 6:30 pm on Friday. Delegates adopted the meeting's report paragraph by paragraph, making minor amendments, with the exception of the section on aquatic genetic resources and review of the MYPOW, pending informal consultations on the inclusion of aquatic genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction in the State of the World report on aquatic genetic resources. Plenary was suspended at 8:30pm to allow for further consultations.

At 9:30 pm plenary resumed. Reporting on the outcomes of the small group, Egypt presented a proposal stating that the Commission would continue its work towards a first SoW on aquatic resources, initially focusing on cultured aquatic genetic resources, and come back to the issue at CGRFA 14. Delegates then approved the resulting changes in the revised MYPOW and adopted the meeting's report.

Regional groups made closing statements, expressing their appreciation to the Chair and the Secretariat, commending the collaborative atmosphere of the Commission's work. CGRFA Secretary Linda Collette lauded the meeting's outcomes as step towards raising the profile of GRFA issues on international agendas, and Chair Mozafari gaveled the meeting to a close at 10:25 pm.

Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) in Rome.
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Consideration of the CGRFA 13 Report
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Brad Fraleigh (Canada), serving as Rapporteur.
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L-R: Javad Mozafari Hashjin, CGRFA Chairperson, Linda Collette, CGRFA Secretary, and Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat
Solita R. Sicat (Philippines), speaking on behalf of the Asian Group.
Modesto Fernández (Cuba), speaking on behalf of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC).
R. K. Trivedi (India)
Huda Mubarak Al-Dosari (Qatar), speaking on behalf of the Near East Region.
Javad Mozafari Hashjin, CGRFA Chairperson
Thomas Meier (Germany), speaking on behalf of the European Regional Group.
William Wigmore (Cook Islands), speaking on behalf of the Southwest Pacific Region.
Poongyeon Lee (Republic of Korea)
Mario Arvelo (Dominican Republic), speaking on behalf of GRULAC.
Wieslaw Podyma (Poland), speaking on behalf of the European Union.
Ali Al-Shurai (Yemen)

Small Group on Aquatic Genetic Resources
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A view of the small group.
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Paulino Franco de Carvalho Neto (Brazil)
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Discussing opportunities for compromise.
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Australian delegate Raj Patil (left, kneeling) in consultations with colleagues from the Southwest Pacific Region.
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Japanese delegate Fumiko Yagihashi (left) finds a light-hearted moment amidst the intense deliberations.
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Working into the night in pursuit of common ground.

Adoption of the CGRFA 13 Report
Francois Pythoud (Switzerland)
Amar Tahiri (Morocco)
Dine El-Khishin (Egypt), reporting on the progress of the small group on aquatic genetic resources.
Javad Mozafari Hashjin, CGRFA Chairperson, applauding the close of the Session.

Around the Meeting
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Irene Hoffmann (centre), FAO
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Javad Tavakolian (Islamic Republic of Iran), left, having an animated conversation with CGRFA Chairperson Javad Mozafari Hashjin (right).
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Delegates from Europe (right) discussing outstanding issues.
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Delegates from Asia sharing a laugh before plenary.
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Passing time in the corridors.
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Waiting patiently for plenary to resume.
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The draft report of the Session was released shortly after 6 pm.
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L-R: William Wigmore (Cook Islands) and Raj Patil (Australia) reviewing the draft report.
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L-R: Francois Pythoud (Switzerland) and Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat
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L-R: Huda Mubarak Al-Dosari and Salwa D. Al-Kuwari (Qatar)
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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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