Brief description of the event:
Maintaining biodiversity is a global responsibility. The genetic diversity of plants and animal genetic resources, including micro-organisms and invertebrates, is the foundation for food security. Genetic resources for food and agriculture are unique and irreplaceable resources that help production systems adapt to climate change, ensure healthy and diversified nutrition for all as well as secure livelihoods. For 30 years, the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has provided a unique intergovernmental forum to reach global consensus on policies relevant to biodiversity for food and agriculture. The Commission has overseen global assessments of the state of the world’s plant, animal and forest genetic resources for food and agriculture as well as negotiated major international instruments, including the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and the Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Within the global agenda where achieving food security is a major goal and threats to biodiversity for food and agriculture are increasing, the Commission is well positioned to further the dialogue and partnership on the development and implementation of policy instruments that strengthen the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity for food and agriculture, and that promote access to genetic resources for food and agriculture as well as the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from their utilization. At this side event, participants reflected on the importance of genetic, including plant genetic, resources for food and agriculture to food security, nutrition and livelihoods, as well as on the role of the Commission and on future challenges.