Highlights and images of main proceedings for 19 February 2019

Italy

Summary

Highlights for Tuesday, 19 February 2019

The new publication 'The State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture'

On Tuesday, delegates completed their deliberations on nutrition and genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA) and discussed the following issues:

  • The report on the State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture, including needs and possible actions in response to the report;
  • Aquatic GRFA, including the report on the State of the World’s Aquatic GRFA and options for follow up to the report; and
  • Plant GRFA, including review of implementation of the second Global Plan of Action on plant GRFA.
  • Delegates also decided to continue deliberations on follow up to the State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture report and access and benefit-sharing in informal groups, and to revisit a draft decision on “digital sequence information” (DSI) later in the week.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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    Morning Plenary
    View of the dais during the morning plenary
    Carla Douglas, Jamaica
    William Wigmore, CGRFA 17 Chair
    Abdus Salam, Bangladesh
    Frank Begemann, Germany
    Oksana Dobrovolskaya, Russian Federation
    Axel Villalobos-Cortés, Panama
    Desterio Ondieki Nyamongo, Kenya
    Anna Lartey, Director, Nutrition and Food Systems Division, FAO
    Devra Jarvis, Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR) and Bioversity International
    Maeen Ali Al-Javmouzi, Yemen
    Cristina Grandi, IFOAM - Organics International
    Delegates during the session
    Afternoon Plenary
    René Castro-Salazar, Assistant Director-General, Department of Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water, FAO; Irene Hoffmann, CGRFA Secretary, FAO; and William Wigmore, CGRFA 17 Chair
    Gustav Daud, Indonesia
    Bonnie Furman, Plant Production and Protection Division, FAO
    Matthias Halwart, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO
    Arshiya Noorani, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department, FAO
    Manrique Altavista, Argentina
    Katie Scholl, Chair, Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
    Belemane Semoli, Vice-Chair, Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
    Naohito Okazoe, Japan
    Mme Ndeye Ndack Diop, Plant Production and Protection Division, FAO
    Evening Sessions
    Open-ended contact group on Agenda Item 7 - the State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture
    Informal meeting of the Friends of the Chair
    Around the Venue
    Delegates arrive for the second day of CGRFA 17
    William Wigmore, CGRFA 17 Chair, speaks with Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat
    Cho Chang Yeon, Republic of Korea, and CGRFA 16 Chair, speaks with a delegate
    Cesar Tapia, Ecuador, speaks with Mario Marino, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR)
    Irene Hoffmann, CGRFA Secretary, FAO
    Delegates from Morocco
    Delegates huddle to coordinate activities
    Delegates meet in the corridors
    Delegates speak informally between sessions
    Delegates visit the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin website to follow the discussions