Meeting documents

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. The Council meets face-to-face not less than twice per year, and conducts business electronically between sessions. Additional meetings can be held if necessary.

The meeting documents link for each meeting provides access to the documents made available to the System Council to inform its deliberations during the respective meetings. The Meeting Summary is accessible once approved by the System Council.

With the System Council committed to adhere to a transparency agenda that makes its decisions easier to access, formal decisions of the Council are accessible in the decision register, including those decisions taken without a meeting in accordance with the CGIAR System Framework.

CGIAR System Management Board

The CGIAR System Management Board meets as often as necessary, ideally on a quarterly basis, but not less than twice per year in ordinary session. Meetings may be held face-to-face, or by other means that enables Board members to follow and contribute to discussions in real time, recognizing that the Board members are drawn from across the globe. Decisions of the Board can be taken with or without a meeting.

Demonstrating CGIAR’s strong commitment to accountability and transparency, all decisions of the Board are recorded in a decision register. If circumstances require, meetings of the System Management Board may be held in closed session. In such cases, the deliberations of the Board remain internal to the CGIAR System Organization. Nevertheless, the outcome of the Board’s deliberations will be made public if a decision is taken that has a material impact on the CGIAR System.

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.

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.

All meeting documents


  • 7th CGIAR System Council Meeting

    • Seattle, United States of America
    • 15.11.18 > 16.11.18

    The 7th meeting of the CGIAR System Council will take place on 15 and 16 November 2018 in Seattle, United States of America.

  • 6th CGIAR System Council Meeting

    • Berlin, Germany
    • 16.05.18 > 17.05.18

    The 6th meeting of the CGIAR System Council took place on 16 and 17 May 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

  • 9th CGIAR System Management Board Meeting

    • Montpellier, France
    • 10.04.18 > 11.04.18

    The CGIAR System Management Board will hold its ninth meeting on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 April 2018.

  • General Assembly 2

    • Rabat, Morocco
    • 23.01.18 > 24.01.18

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

  • Inaugural General Assembly

    • London, United Kingdom
    • 24.01.17 > 25.01.17

    The Inaugural General Assembly of 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.