The Commission, at its Twelfth Regular Session in 2009, adopted a strategic plan, which it revised at its Fourteenth Regular Session in 2013. The Strategic Plan for the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture 2014-2023 contains the Commission’s vision and mission statements, its strategic goals and objectives as well as a Multi-Year Programme of Work, which guides the Commission in the implementation of its strategic plan.
The Multi-Year Programme of Work
The Commission, at its Eleventh Regular Session in 2007, adopted its Multi-Year Programme of Work, a rolling 10-year work plan covering the totality of biodiversity for food and agriculture, including plant, animal, forest, aquatic, micro-organism and invertebrate genetic resources. The Multi-Year Programme of Work foresees, inter alia, the presentation of the first State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture at its Sixteenth Regular Session (2017) and it also covers a whole range of cross-sectoral matters relevant to several or all components of biodiversity for food and agriculture, such as access and benefit sharing and targets and indicators.
The Commission decided to keep the Multi-Year Programme of Work under continuous review. The Multi-Year Programme of Work, as amended by the Commission at its Fourteenth Regular Session in 2013, lays out the major outputs and milestones the Commission aims to achieve between 2014 and 2023.
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.
At the request of the Commission, in support of The Strategic Plan 2014-2023, the Bureau of the Commission’s Fifteenth Regular Session, at its first meeting in September 2013, welcomed The Implementation Plan for the Commission’s Multi-Year Programme of Work. This Plan enables the Commission to organize its work in more detail, describing activities the Commission could undertake in the preparation of regular Commission Sessions between 2014 to 2023.The Commission, at its Fourteenth Regular Session, also requested FAO to strengthen existing, and establish new, cooperative arrangements with relevant international organizations to support the implementation of The Strategic Plan 2014-2023. It invited UN and other intergovernmental organizations; international agricultural research institutes and scientific organizations; civil society organizations; producer organizations and the private sector; focal points and regional networks for genetic resources for food and agriculture; and relevant funding agencies to actively contribute to the implementation of the Multi-Year Programme of Work and to use The Strategic Plan 2014-2023 as a vehicle in the planning of their activities.