Report of the Twelfth Meeting of the CGIAR Genetic Resources Policy Research Committee
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Report of the twelfth meeting of the CGIAR Genetic Resources Policy Committee (GRPC), held in Aurangabad, India from February 20 to 23, 2001, Committee Chair M.S. Swaminathan presiding. The Committee discussed the ongoing renegotiation of the International Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources, and its recommendations for CGIAR involvement in the negotiations are attached as Annex 2. An update on FAO-IARC germplasm agreements raised the issue of an NGO's recent allegation that CIP had acted improperly with respect to a transfer of accessions between Peru and Japan, and the Committee found that CIP's actions were in violation of neither international law nor the Center's agreement with FAO. Upon hearing a report on the work of the CGIAR Change Design and Management Team, the Committee suggested that genetic resources management would be a suitable Global Challenge Program. It then reviewed recent developments regarding the Systemwide Genetic Resources Program (SGRP), including the January 2001 meeting of the Inter Center Working Group on Genetic Resources at IITA, and endorsed the SGRP proposal for a joint GRPC-SPGR-CAS workshop to review the status of implementation of IARC agreements with FAO and recent experiences with material transfer agreements.