Highlights for Monday, 18 February 2019

Delegates gather in plenary for the start of CGRFA 17

Τhe seventeenth session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 17) opened today at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN in Rome, ItalyDelegates discussed the following issues:

  • The Commission’s work in raising awareness of the role of genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA) for food security and nutrition and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Explanatory notes of distinctive features of GRFA use in different sub-sectors intended to complement the Elements on ABS in GRFA sub-sectors;
  • “Digital sequence information (DSI)” on GRFA; and
  • The role of GRFA in mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.

For more details on the day's events and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB).

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from the 17th Session of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF.

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Opening and Welcome
View of the dais during the opening and welcome
Kent Nnadozie, Secretary, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR)
Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources, FAO
Irene Hoffmann, CGRFA Secretary, FAO
David Cooper, CBD Deputy Executive Secretary
Morning Plenary
View of the dais during the morning plenary
Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat
William Wigmore, CGRFA 17 Chair
Aulikki Hulmi, Finland
Cesar Tapia, Ecuador
Deidre Januarie, Namibia
Park Chee-Hyurng, Republic of Korea
Catherine Karr-Colque, US
Mohammad Hossein Emadi, Iran
Thanawat Tiensin, Thailand
Delegates follow various presentations
Afternoon Plenary
Delegates during the afternoon plenary
Michèle Marcotte, Canada
Renata Negrelly Nogueira, Brazil
Michael Halewood, CGIAR Consortium
Antonio González, International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty
Maribell Alvarez Mora, Costa Rica
Daniele Manzella, ITPGR Secretariat
Jack Heinemann, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Alwin Kopŝe, Switzerland
Evening Reception
Delegates gather for an evening reception
Around the Venue
Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources, FAO, and René Castro-Salazar, Assistant Director-General, Department of Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water, FAO

Delegates speak informally between sessions

Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat
Mohamad Walid Tawil, Arab Centre for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands
Delegates gather at the start of the meeting
Members of the FAO Secretariat

Artwork from Angola on display in the corridors