Highlights and images for 3 February 2017




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