Highlights and images of main proceedings for 22 February 2019

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Highlights for Friday, 22 February 2019

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva proudly presents the new State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture report

On Friday morning, CGRFA 17 delegates attended the launch of the report on the State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture (SOW-BFA).
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva highlighted the wealth of information the report brings together, noting it covers a gap in knowledge and sets a baseline for the future.Bernard Lehmann, Swiss Secretary of State for Agriculture, stressed the need to motivate farmers to strengthen co-existence of biodiversity and agriculture. Ram Kumari Chaudhary, State Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development, Nepal, stressed that no country is self-sufficient in food species.Naoko Ishii, GEF Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, outlined the GEF's program on food and land use restoration focusing on comprehensive land use planning, a landscape approach, and value chain management. Normita Ignacio, Executive Director, SEARICE, Philippines, asked delegates to use the report to inspire real action, noting that “smallholders feed the world, so we must put their interests before all others.”
Via video message, CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer encouraged FAO and the Commission to continue their active involvement in the development of the post-2020 biodiversity framework using the SOW-BFA report. Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, said the report will help policy makers, stakeholders and citizens better understand the linkages between biodiversity and agriculture.In the afternoon, delegates adopted the CGRFA 17 report.René Castro-Salazar, Assistant Director General, Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Management, lauded the launch of the SOW-BFA report expressing his confidence that decisions taken during the session would allow “turning words into deeds.” CGRFA Secretary Irene Hoffmann urged delegates to “distribute, reiterate and retweet” the messages of the SOW-BFA to give it real impact.CGRFA 17 Chair Wigmore underlined the importance of collaboration between the Commission and other biodiversity-related agreements in building the post 2020 biodiversity framework and closed the session at 7:05 pm.

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Launch of the State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture Report
Delegates gather for the official launch of the report
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva
Irene Hoffmann, CGRFA Secretary, FAO
Bernard Lehmann, Secretary of State for Agriculture, Switzerland
Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson
Julie Bélanger, CGRFA Secretariat
William Wigmore, CGRFA 17 Chair
Ram Kumari Chaudhary, State Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development, Nepal
Normita Ignacio, Executive Director, SEARICE Philippines
Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer, deliver video messages
Delegates applaud the excellent quality of the report
David Cooper, CBD Deputy Executive Secretary (L), congratulates Julie Bélanger, CGRFA Secretariat, for her work on the report
The new report is made available to participants
Closing Plenary
The draft report of CGRFA-17
Delegates read the draft report
View of the dais during the closing plenary
William Wigmore, CGRFA 17 Chair
Christine Dawson, CGRFA-17 Rapporteur
Aulikki Hulmi, Finland
Mohammad Hossein Emadi, Iran
Jean Lanotte, France
Renata Negrelly Nogueira, Brazil
Charles Nying, Cameroon
Alwin Kopŝe, Switzerland
Catherine Karr-Colque, US
Noluthando Netnou-Nkoana, South Africa
Around the Venue
Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva
Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources, FAO
Shawn McGuire, and Chikelu Mba, FAO
Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson
Delegates from Syria and Tunisia
Delegates from Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama
Delegates from Europe
The CGRFA Secretariat
Delegates from Sweden
Delegates from the Republic of Korea
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) team covering the negotiations: Stefan Jungcurt, Germany/Canada; Claudia Friedrich, Germany; Wanja Nyingi, Kenya; Elsa Tsioumani, Greece; Rishikesh Ram Bhandary, Nepal; and Kiara Worth, South Africa

Participants

Negotiating blocs
European Union