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


  • 9th CGIAR System Council Meeting

    • Chengdu, China
    • 13.11.19 > 14.11.19

    The 9th meeting of the CGIAR System Council was held on 13 and 14 November 2019 in Chengdu, China. 

  • 14th CGIAR System Management Board Meeting

    • Rome, Italy
    • 03.10.19

    The CGIAR System Management Board held its fourteenth meeting on 3 October 2019, in Rome, Italy.

  • 13th CGIAR System Management Board Meeting

    • Montpellier, France
    • 02.04.19 > 03.04.19

    The CGIAR System Management Board held its thirteenth meeting from April 2-3, 2019, in Montpellier, France.

  • 8th CGIAR System Council Meeting

    • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    • 15.05.19 > 16.05.19

    The 8th meeting of the CGIAR System Council took place on 15 and 16 May 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

  • 12th CGIAR System Management Board Meeting

    • Virtual
    • 13.12.18

    The CGIAR System Management Board held its twelfth meeting from 2:00pm to 6:00pm CET on Thursday 13 December 2018.

  • 11th CGIAR System Management Board Extraordinary Meeting

    • Virtual
    • 25.10.18

    The CGIAR System Management Board held an extraordinary meeting on Thursday 25 October 2018.