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Strategic Plan and Multi-Year Programme of Work

The Commission’s work is guided by its Strategic Plan, which contains the Commission’s vision and mission statements, its goals and objectives as well as the Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPOW). The MYPOW is a rolling ten-year work plan covering the totality of biodiversity for food and agriculture, including plant, animal, forest, aquatic, micro-organism and invertebrate genetic resources as well as cross-sectoral matters relevant to several or all components of biodiversity for food and agriculture, such as climate change food security and nutrition, access and benefit-sharing, targets and indicators, and digital sequence information.

The Multi-Year Programme of Work:

  • enables the Commission to implement its multidisciplinary mandate through a planned and staged approach;
  • serves as a planning tool for its Members to improve national policy coordination and mid-term planning of activities;
  • provides a vehicle to strengthen international cooperation with all actors, from research to farmers organizations, involved in the conservation and use of biodiversity for food and agriculture;
  • facilitates cooperation with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, particularly with regard to the supporting components of the Treaty that are overseen by the Commission;
  • helps the Commission to plan cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity in order to support joint implementation of their respective programmes of work; and
  • allows the Commission to advise FAO systematically on the full range of its activities on biodiversity for food and agriculture, and on the priorities to be accorded to such work in FAO’s Programme of Work and Budget.
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Sectoral matters
Animal genetic resources (AnGR)   Review of implementation of the Global Plan of Action for AnGR
  Presentation of The Third Report on the State of the World’s AnGR Review of the Global Plan of Action for AnGR
Aquatic genetic resources (AqGR) Presentation of the finalizedState of the World’s AqGR Consideration of the draft Global Plan of Action for AqGR     Review of implementation of the Global Plan of Action for AqGR
Forest genetic resources (FGR) Review of implementation of the Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of FGR   Presentation of The Second Report on the State of the World’s FGR Review of the Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of FGR
 
Micro-organisms and invertebrates (MIGR)   Review of work on MIGR
  Review of work on MIGR
 
Plant genetic resources (PGR) Review of status and trends of seed policies
  Presentation of The Third Report on the State of the World’s PGR   Review of implementation of the (Second) Global Plan of Action for PGR
Cross-sectoral matters
The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture (SoW BFA) Follow-up to SoW BFA Follow-up to SoW BFA Follow-up to SoW BFA   Follow-up to SoW BFA and presentation of The Second Report on the State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture
Access and benefit-sharing (ABS) Develop explanatory notes for subsectors of GRFA to complement the ABS Elements
Review of work on ABS   Review of work on ABS  
Biotechnologies   Review of the work on biotechnologies for the conservation and sustainable use of GRFA   Review of the work on biotechnologies for the conservation and sustainable use of GRFA  
“Digital sequence information” (“DSI”) on genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA) Consider the use of “DSI" on GRFA and the potential implications for conservation, sustainable use and ABS of GRFA   Consider the use of “DSI" on GRFA and the potential implications for conservation, sustainable use and ABS of GRFA   Review the work on “DSI" on GRFA and the potential implications for conservation, sustainable use and ABS of GRFA
Climate change   Review of work on climate change and GRFA Review of a country-driven global assessment of climate change effects and genetic resource adaptation and mitigation measures Review of work on climate change and GRFA  
Nutrition and Health Review of work on GRFA and nutrition Concept note on biodiversity for food and agriculture and human health Review of work on GRFA and nutrition and health   Review of work on GRFA and nutrition and health
Management Progress report/review of the Strategic Plan Reporting on SDGs Options paper for future organization of work Progress report/review of the Strategic Plan Reporting on SDGs   Progress report/review of the Strategic Plan Reporting on SDGs