Summary of proceedings of the first meeting of the CGIAR Executive Council, held at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC on 2 November 2001, the day following the CGiAR Annual General Meeting. Presentation of the concept notes of the ten candidate pilot Challenge Programs (CP) was followed by discussion of the proposed process and timeline for their review, identification, and development of selected CPs.
The Executive Council discussed the terms of reference, membership, and establishment process for the Council's Finance and Program Committees, and the process for transforming the Technical Advisory Committee into a Science Council. The composition and administration of the Science Council, as well as its division of responsibilities with other components of the approved System Office would be determined by a Working Group to be appointed by the Executive Council. The Director also discussed a process developed by the CGIAR Secretariat for merging the business plans of the different components of the System Office into an integrated business plan.
Under 'Other Business,' the term of the Genetic Resources Policy Committee was extended for one year, and the Council considered how farmers' organizations could be represented in the Executive Council.