First Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group
on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Photos and RealAudio from Monday, 2 July
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Prior to the official opening of the meeting, Louise Fresco, FAO Assistant Director General, gave a eulogy to Dr. Umberto Menini, former Chief of FAO's Seed and PGR Service (ASPS). She highlighted his contributions to horticulture and tropical agriculture, and his love of teaching. Participants are seen here observing a moment of silence in his memory.

Fresco's eulogy

Fresco proceeded to welcome delegates to the first session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. She reminded delegates that the working group's task of furthering the development of a global system of PGRFA, and to provide guidance and review of the implementation of the GPA.

Fresco's opening statement

Delegates then elected Ensiang Lim (Malaysia) as Chair of the Working Group.

Chair Lim's opening remarks

Jose Esquinas-Alcazar, CGRFA Secretary, gave a status report on the International Undertaking.

Esquinas-Alcazar's report to Plenary on the IU

Dr. N. Murthi Anishetty, FAO Seed and Plant Genetic Resources Service, presented on the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the Global Plan of Action.

Anishetty's presentation

Reception
Scenes from the evening reception in the Flag Room,
hosted by Louise Fresco
   
Photos and RealAudio of Tuesday, 3 July
   

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