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


  • Special Adhoc July 2020 meeting and electronic decisions before SB18

    • Virtual
    • 24.07.20 > 28.07.20

  • 17th CGIAR System Management Board Meeting

    • Virtual
    • 05.05.20 > 07.05.20

    The CGIAR System Management Board held its seventeenth meeting on 5-7 May 2020, virtually.

  • 16th CGIAR System Management Board Meeting

    • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • 28.01.20 > 29.01.20

    The CGIAR System Management Board held its sixteenth meeting on 28-29 January 2020 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Extraordinary General Assembly of the Centers

    • Rome, Italy
    • 12.12.19 > 13.12.19

    An Extraordinary General Assembly of the Centers was held on 12 and 13 December 2019, hosted by the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT in Rome, Italy.

  • 10th CGIAR System Council Meeting

    • Virtual
    • 10.06.20 > 11.06.20

    The 10th meeting of the CGIAR System Council was held virtually on 10 and 11 June 2020.

  • 15th CGIAR System Management Board Meeting

    • Virtual
    • 28.10.19

    The CGIAR System Management Board held its fifteenth meeting virtually on 28 October 2019.