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.

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


  • 2nd General Assembly of the Centers

    • Rabat, Morocco
    • 23.01.18 > 24.01.18

    The second General Assembly of the Centers was held on 23 and 24 January 2018, hosted by ICARDA in Rabat, Morocco.

  • Inaugural General Assembly of the Centers

    • London, United Kingdom
    • 24.01.17 > 25.01.17

    The Inaugural General Assembly of the Centers took place on 24 and 25 January 2017 at The Royal Society in London, UK.

  • 8th CGIAR System Management Board Meeting

    • Washington D.C., United States of America
    • 11.12.17 > 12.12.17

    The CGIAR System Management Board held its eighth meeting on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 December 2017.

  • 5th CGIAR System Council Meeting

    • Cali, Colombia
    • 09.11.17 > 10.11.17

    The 5th meeting of the CGIAR System Council took place on 9 and 10 November 2017 in Cali, Colombia.

  • 7th CGIAR System Management Board Meeting

    • Virtual
    • 27.09.17

    The CGIAR System Management Board held its seventh meeting on 27 September, 2017, virtually.

  • 4th CGIAR System Council Meeting

    • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • 10.05.17 > 11.05.17

    The System Council hosted its 4th meeting on 10 and 11 May 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.