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Strategies to address cross-organizational issues

Six strategies to address cross-organizational issues are identified. They relate to the implementation of all FAO programmes and, consequently, to the implementation of the strategies to meet Members' needs.

Ensuring excellence

FAO is in a unique position to build on its existing strengths, including its recognized leadership in a number of technical areas and the wide range of disciplines it gathers under a single roof. It must identify and nurture those areas where it expects to be able to maintain technical leadership and ensure the required action to enhance its capacity for excellence in those areas.

To ensure excellence, FAO will:

Enhancing interdisciplinarity

Given the fundamental need for interdisciplinarity to ensure successful sustainable rural development, FAO will:

Broadening partnerships and alliances

FAO is first and foremost a member of the UN family of organizations, and the partnerships deriving from this status constitute an important comparative advantage. FAO needs to broaden and strengthen cooperation with its partners, giving particular attention to the Rome-based organizations - WFP and IFAD as well as IPGRI.

FAO will:

Continuing to improve the management process

The internal management process must meet FAO's needs in the context of a changing external environment and, specifically, of the Strategic Framework with its renewed emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches and broadened partnerships. Management imperatives affected by these changes include:

Leveraging resources for FAO and its Members

FAO's capacity to perform its mission is constrained by the level of available resources. Emphasis needs to be placed on expanding the total resources applied to FAO's principal programmes - not only on the resources managed by the Organization. The challenge will be to mobilize domestic and external, public and private resources for the agricultural and rural sector, including forestry and fisheries.

FAO will:

Communicating FAO's messages

Communication must be regarded as an integral part of FAO's substantive programmes. The Organization's ability to secure the necessary support to fulfil its mandate depends to a considerable extent on the quality of its communication activities and their effectiveness in maintaining a credible, coherent public image. The Organization needs to communicate both general and specific messages.

FAO will:


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