Third Meeting of the Executive Council, September 24, 2002, Washington, DC: Summary Record of Proceedings
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Summary record of proceedings of the third meeting of the Executive Council, held in Washington, DC on 24 September 2002. A report on the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development was followed by a description of the preparations for the 2002 Annual General Meeting in the Philippines. An update on the development of an integrated business plan for the System Office was followed by a presentation of the proposed 2003 financing plan, and briefings on the Executive Council Finance Committee's discussion of it. The financing plan was endorsed. The Chairs of the Executive Council Finance Program Committees summarized the committee's discussions on challenge program funding and Interim Science Council recommendations. Based largely on those recommendations, the Council endorsed the challenge programs on Water and Food, and Biofortified Crops for Improved Human Nutrition, while calling for further development of the Unlocking Genetic Diversity in Crops for the Resource-Poor Challenge Program. The Interim Science Council (ISC) Chair offered an overview of the Council's ongoing assessment of thirteen regular process challenge programs. Discussion of the review of the GRPC led to endorsement of most of the review report's recommendations, with suggestions as to GRPC's relationship with IPGRI's Genetic Resources Policy Unit and the planned CGIAR Science Council. The Executive Council endorsed the recommendations of the EPMR of CIP, while disagreement between the Finance and Program Committees over the future of ISNAR led the Council to call for a systematic consideration of alternative institutional arrangements for ISNAR's functions to be carried out. Minutes of the Finance and Program Committee's September 23 meetings are provided as annexes.