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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 Friday, 3 February 2017

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A view of Rome

Cho Chang Yeon, CGRFA 16 Chair, gavels the meeting to a close

CGRFA 16 The CGRFA 16 closing plenary convened on Friday afternoon where delegates adopted the meeting's report and reflected on the meeting's deliberations, including its decisions. Delegates made numerous amendments to ensure that the report adequately reflects the outcome of the deliberations held during the week, including on digital sequence information on genetic resources for food and agriculture, animal genetic resources and the MYPOW.

In their closing statements, all regions praised the Chair and the Secretariat for a successful meeting. They reiterated the important role that genetic resources can play in climate change adaptation and resilience and achieving the SDGs. Several expressed their appreciation for FAO’s enhanced efforts on biodiversity.

Chair Cho Chang Yeon thanked all participants and gaveled the meeting to a close at 7:17pm.

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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Closing Plenary


View of the plenary from the dais


Cho Chang Yeon, CGRFA 16 Chair

Larissa Maria Lima Costa, CGRFA Rapporteur


Hesiquio Benítez Díaz, Mexico

William Wigmore, Cook Islands

Nii Quaye-Kumah, Ghana


Kim van Seeters, the Netherlands, speaking on behalf of the European Regional Group

Manrique Altavista, Argentina


Delegates note the changes made to the proposed text


Irene Hoffmann, CGRFA Secretary

Abubaker Adam Mohamed Idrees, Sudan


Mayra Caldera, US

Médi Moungui, Cameroon

Pierre du Plessis, Namibia


Brad Fraleigh, Canada

Thomas Meier, Germany

Javad Mozafari Hashjin, Iran


Vânia Cristina Rennó Azevedo, Brazil

Axel Villalobos Cortés, Panama


Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, Natural Resources, FAO


Delegates applaud the achievements of CGRFA 16


Around the Venue


Delegates during the closing plenary


Delegates review the revised negotiating text



Cho Chang Yeon, CGRFA 16 Chair (second from right), stands with members of the Korean delegation


Delegates from Latin American and the Caribbean

Delegates from the European Region


Delegates from Malta

Delegates from Venezuela


The International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services (IISD-RS) team covering the meeting (L-R):
Asterios Tsioumanis
; Sandra Gagnon; Delia Paul; Nancy Williams; Stefan Jungcurt; and Kiara Worth




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