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Sixth Extraordinary Session of the Commission
On Genetic Resources For Food And Agriculture

FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy; 25 - 30 June 2001


Update for Thursday, 28 June:

On Thursday, The Committee of the Whole met in the morning and afternoon for a second round of negotiations on institutional provisions, and concluded its work. Plenary was canceled pending the outcome of negotiations on the outstanding issues in the small "Friends of the Chair" group that met throughout the day and into the evening. The informal working group on the list of crops and a contact group on Article 15 (Ex situ collections) met in the afternoon. Left: members of the Swedish and Belgian delegations wait in vain for the morning Plenary session that never convened.

Committee of the Whole

Concluding the work of the COW, Chair Montanaro Mifsud (right) noted that progress had been made, although not to the group's satisfaction, and that necessary decisions still had to be taken. He noted that a revised text may still be circulated Friday morning, and thanked delegates for their patience.

Co-Chairs of the Contact Group on the List of Crops
Co-Chair Javad Mozafari Hashjin (Iran)

Co-Chair John Dueck (Canada)

Only mid-way through the extraordinary session, and already some participants are falling victim to long nights...

Behind closed doors

On Thursday, all the action appeared to be happening in closed sessions. The contact group on Article 15 met in the Lebanon Room (right)...

... while the mysterious "Friends of the Chair" group met in the Pakistan Room. Note the trolley of sandwiches and drinks by the door - it would appear that members of the group worked through the lunch hour.


Delegates at the ever-popular cybercafe, outside the Red and Green Rooms. Of course they're checking out the ENB's web site...

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