Pursuant to the Charter of the CGIAR System Organization, the General Assembly of Centers shall be a forum for Centers to discuss issues related to the CGIAR System and CGIAR System Organization. The Centers meet as often as necessary, but at least once in each calendar year as a General Assembly of Centers. The rules of procedure of the General Assembly provide the arrangements to conduct meetings.
At the General Assembly of the Centers, each Center shall have a single vote. The quorum for a meeting and decision-making shall be a two-thirds majority of all the Centers.
The General Assembly of Centers is Co-Chaired, on an annual rolling basis, and the Co-Chairs set the time, date and place of the meetings. The current Co-Chairs are:
- Convener of the Chairs of the Boards of Trustees of the CGIAR Centers: Nicole Birrell, Chair of the Board of Trustees of CIMMYT
- Convener of the Directors General of the CGIAR Center: Aly Abousabaa, Director General of ICARDA