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Special Event: The Contribution of Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture to Resilience and
16th Session of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 16)

28 January and 30 January - 3 February 2017 | FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

CGRFA 16 Highlights for Thursday, 2 February 2017

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A view of Rome

Delegates from Canada, the US, Poland and the Netherlands discuss the draft negotiating text

CGRFA 16 CGRFA 16 delegates met in plenary to hear reports from informal and contact group deliberations on the Report on the State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture (SOW-BFA); access and benefit sharing (ABS) and the Commission’s Strategic Plan and Multi-year Programme of Work 2018-2027 (MYPOW), followed by discussions on the draft strategic plan and MYPOW. They also discussed: cooperation with other international organization and agreements; other matters; and a draft resolution on the CGRFA’s contribution to the SDGs.

Deliberations on ABS were held in a contact group throughout the day and in plenary in the evening.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided digital coverage and a summary report of the Special Event: The Contribution of Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture to Resilience. In addition, IISD Reporting Services produced daily reports, daily digital coverage, and a summary and analysis report from CGRFA 16. The summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF format.

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Morning Plenary


View of the dais during the morning plenary


Cho Chang Yeon, CGRFA 16 Chair

Johanna Wider, Germany


Pierre du Plessis, Namibia

Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat

Bernd Bultemeier, FAO



Axel Diederichsen, Canada

Médi Moungui, Cameroon

Irene Hoffmann, CGRFA Secretary, FAO


Oscar Piñeyro, Uruguay

Asmerom Kidane, Eritrea



Contact Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture


Afternoon Plenary


The draft negotiating text distributed during the afternoon plenary


Delegates read the draft negotiating text



Kent Nnadozie, Ad-Interim Secretary, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)

M'Naouer Djemali, Tunisia


Katlyn Scholl, US

Javad Mozafari Hashjin, Iran

Nii Quaye-Kumah, Ghana


Matthew Hooper, New Zealand

Vânia Cristina Rennó Azevedo, Brazil

W.L.G. Samarasinghe, Sri Lanka


Christina Blank, Switzerland

Axel Villalobos Cortés, Panama


Juanita Chaves Posada, Global Forum on Agricultural Research

Charlotte Lusty, Global Crop Diversity Trust

Kathryn Garforth, CBD Secretariat



Side Events During the Day


Panel speakers during the side event entitled 'The multiple benefits of realizing farmers' rights and how to strengthen their further realization'


Delegates attend a side event entitled 'News from the CGIAR System'


Around the Venue


Brad Fraleigh, Canada, speaks with Pierre du Plessis, Namibia


Delegates speak informally between sessions



Delegates from the US, Poland and Namibia


Delegates from Angola

Delegates from Morocco



FAO staff providing assistance during the meeting

A delegate reads a document during plenary


Delegates refer to the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services (IISD-RS) website
and Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) to keep track of negotiations





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Specific funding for coverage of the Special Event: The Contribution of Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture to Resilience,
and CGRFA 16, has been provided by FAO