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Governing Body of the Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Chair:   
Mr. Kim Hoelmer   
(United States)
Vice-Chair:   
Ms. Annamaria Stella MARZETTI   
(Italy)
Members:   
Australia   
Italy   
Austria   
Japan   
Belgium   
Korea   
Canada   
Netherlands   
Chile   
New Zealand   
Czech Republic   
Norway   
Denmark   
Slovak Republic   
Estonia   
Spain   
Finland   
Sweden   
Germany   
Switzerland   
Hungary   
United Kingdom   
Ireland   
United States   
Date of creation:
1st January 2000
Duration:
31st December 2020

Mandate:   -   Resolution of the Council [C(2015)77 - Annex] approved at its 1321th session on 17 September 2015 [C/M(2015)18, Item 167]

Resolution of the Council [C(2015)77 - Annex] and C/M(2015)18, Item 167]

   “THE COUNCIL,

   Having regard to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of 14 December 1960; 

   Having regard to the Rules of Procedure of the Organisation;

   Having regard to the Financial Regulations of the Organisation;

   Having regard to the Decision of the Council concerning a Co-operative Research Project on Food Production and Preservation of 21 December 1978 [C(78)188(Final)] and to the Decision of the Council concerning the Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems [C(89)184(Final)], which was last revised in 2009 [C(2009)49] and extended in 2014 [C(2014)100];

   Having regard to the decision of the Council to fund the Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems within the Part II of the Budget of the Organisation [C(2004)96];

   Having regard to the Resolution of the Council on Partnerships in OECD Bodies [C(2012)100/FINAL];

   Considering the challenges facing the world in feeding its growing population with increasing pressures on natural resources and in the face of climate change;

   Having regard to the proposed priority areas of research for 2016-2020 [TAD/PR/II(2015)2/REV];

   Having regard to the results of the In-depth Evaluation of the Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems [C(2014)142];

   Having regard to the proposed revision of the Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems [C(2015)77];

   DECIDES:

A.   The Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (hereinafter “the CRP”) is renewed and revised as follows:

I.   Objectives

   The overall objectives of the CRP are to strengthen scientific knowledge in the areas of agriculture, food, fisheries and forests, to support and promote international co-operation and networking between scientists in countries participating in the CRP, and to provide relevant scientific information and advice that will inform future policy decisions.

   The CRP has three main research themes:

   i)   Managing natural capital for the future;

   ii)   Managing risk in a connected world;

   iii)   Transformational technologies and innovation.

   The CRP shall achieve its objectives by:

   i)   Funding/co-funding conferences and workshops that are organised by external parties such as government research institutions, universities, international associations, that bring together leading specialists to address agri-research issues that are high on the science/policy agenda. Such conferences and workshops should be both organised by individuals who are citizens or residents of countries participating in the CRP and held in countries participating in the CRP; and

   ii)   Awarding fellowships to scientists who are citizens and/or residents of countries participating in the CRP, to conduct a research project in a foreign country (also participating in the CRP).

II.   Governing Body of the CRP

   The Governing Body of the CRP (hereinafter the “Governing Body”) shall be competent to consider all questions related to the implementation and discharge of the functions of the CRP and it shall in particular:

   i)   Define the general orientations of the CRP;

   ii)   Identify on an annual basis the scope of policy interests of the CRP, in consultation with the Committee for Agriculture and, where appropriate, other bodies of the Organisation;

   iii)   Decide, on the basis of the scientific recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Body, on the upcoming annual programme of fellowships and conferences and its related budget. In doing so the Governing Body shall ensure that the activities to be undertaken are of relevance to the scientific and policy communities in agriculture;

   iv)   Submit a summary report of work each year to the Committee for Agriculture and the Joint Working Party on Agriculture and the Environment for information and advice.

III.   Participation

   Participation in the CRP is open to all OECD Members, which may participate in the CRP by addressing a notification to the Secretary-General to this effect.

   Participation of non-Members in the CRP will be considered by the Governing Body and may be recommended by the Governing Body to the Council.

   Each country participating in the CRP shall appoint at least one representative to the Governing Body. Representatives should be chosen by virtue of their responsibilities in matters relating to agriculture, food or forest research and research policy.

IV.   Scientific Advisory Body

   The Governing Body shall be assisted by the Scientific Advisory Body of the CRP (hereinafter called “the SAB”) which will be in charge of:

   i)   Advising the Governing Body on the immediate and over the horizon scientific research issues in the fields of agriculture, food, fisheries and forests to facilitate the CRP’s ability to identify cutting edge research;

   ii)   Assisting the Governing Body in the awarding of conference/workshop funding and fellowships.

   To this end, the SAB should, in particular:

   i)   Recommend to the Governing Body the activities that, from a scientific point of view, are worthy of sponsorship, taking into account the scope of policy interests identified by the Governing Body;

   ii)   Submit to the Governing Body a recommendation for the annual sponsorship of conferences and fellowships; and

   iii)   Submit to the Governing Body a yearly report on the sponsored activities of the Programme.

   The SAB shall be composed of a maximum of six representatives designated by the Governing Body from a list of distinguished individuals proposed by Governments of countries participating in the CRP. A regional balance will be maintained in the selection of SAB representatives, who shall be chosen by virtue of their scientific responsibilities in the topics covered by the CRP or shall have responsibilities at a high level in the administration of agricultural research.

V.   Budget

   The expenditure of the CRP shall be charged against appropriations authorised for it under Part II of the Budget of the Organisation.

   Appropriations for which no commitment has been entered into before the end of the Financial Year for which they were appropriated, as well as any surplus income, shall be automatically carried forward to the Budget of the CRP for the ensuing year by decision of the Secretary-General, notwithstanding the provisions of Regulation 10 of the Financial Regulations of the Organisation.

   The CRP may include activities to be financed in whole or in part from grants by public or private institutions.

VI.   Co-ordination arrangements

   The Governing Body shall co-operate closely with the Committee for Agriculture (COAG) and the Fisheries Committee (COFI), with which it has intrinsic links, and in particular the following subsidiary bodies and fora of the COAG:

   i)   the Working Party on Agricultural Policies and Markets;

   ii)   the Joint Working Party on Agriculture and the Environment;

   iii)   the Global Forum on Agriculture;

   iv)   the Joint Working Party on Agriculture and Trade;

   v)   the OECD Codes and Schemes.

   The Governing Body shall also maintain working relations with other bodies and fora of the Organisation, in particular and as appropriate with:

   i)   the Environment Policy Committee (EPOC) and Chemicals Committee including their relevant subsidiary bodies (i.e. the Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology; the Task Force for the Safety of Novel Food and Feeds; the Working Group on Pesticides; Working Party on Biodiversity, Water and Ecosystems) as well as the Global Forum on Biotechnology;

   ii)   the OECD Global Science Forum including its relevant activities (e.g. on temperate agriculture) and the Working Party on Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies (BNCT), a subsidiary body of the Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP);

iii)   the Regional Development Policy Committee.

B.   This Resolution shall remain in force until 31 December 2020.

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