CGIAR System Council

The CGIAR System Council is the strategic decision-making body of the CGIAR System that keeps under review the strategy, mission, impact and continued relevancy of the System as a whole.

CGIAR System Board

The CGIAR System Board is the governance body of the  CGIAR System Organization and is responsible for providing dynamic leadership and governance for One CGIAR in the delivery of its mission, and for appointing and overseeing the Executive Management Team.

Executive Management Team

CGIAR is led by an Executive Management Team (EMT), comprising two Managing Directors.

The EMT works with leaders across the CGIAR System, forging new linkages and partnerships, in pursuit of an innovative, vital, and coherent agenda, and playing the key role of ensuring unified and coordinated leadership, decision-making and oversight of One CGIAR research to deliver, with partners, measurable success.

General Assembly of the Centers

The General Assembly of Centers is a forum for CGIAR Research Centers to discuss issues relevant to Centers, including those related to the CGIAR System and CGIAR System Organization, it is therefore an important linking mechanism for the CGIAR System as a whole.

Integration Framework Agreement

On February 22, 2023, the CGIAR Integration Framework Agreement (IFA) was approved by the boards of all One CGIAR Centers and signed by their Board Chairs.

The IFA, developed by Center Boards and CGIAR leadership, was created to confirm and clarify the path to One CGIAR. Its successful completion paves the way for a united CGIAR to move forward with confidence.

See How we Work for more information on CGIAR’s Governance model and find below information on meetings and documents related to CGIAR’s Governance bodies.

All meeting documents


  • CGIAR System Board ad hoc meeting - 26 October 2022

    • Virtual
    • 26.10.22

    An adhoc System Board meeting took place virtually on 26 October 2022

  • 24th CGIAR System Board Meeting

    • Washington D.C., US
    • 29.09.22

    The 24th CGIAR System Board Meeting was held on 29 September 2022 in Washington DC, US.

  • 16th CGIAR System Council Meeting

    • Virtual
    • 20.07.22

    The 16th meeting of the CGIAR System Council was held virtually on 20 July 2022

  • Special 'drop-in' calls on CGIAR Initiatives with the CGIAR System Council

    • Virtual
    • 08.06.22 > 30.06.22

    A series of drop-in calls on the CGIAR Initiatives are taking place during June 2022

  • March 2022 System Board Retreat

    • 26.03.22 > 27.03.22

    The CGIAR System Board met in person for a retreat on 26-27 March 2022.

  • 15th CGIAR System Council Meeting

    • Montpellier, France
    • 08.03.22 > 09.03.22

    The 15th meeting of the CGIAR System Council was held on 8 and 9 March 2022 in Montpellier, France.