FAO to consider options for Summit venue
"Such a decision would have to be taken in accordance with the rules and procedures of the organization," said Mr Diouf. "However, we are open to study whatever alternative location would be proposed by the Government of Italy and the feasibility of such alternative proposals in relation to our objective of ensuring that the Summit will be a success."
Mr Diouf announced that a technical team composed of representatives from FAO and the Government would study the logistical aspects of such a move and would consider alternative venues that could meet the needs of such a large gathering. All heads of state have been invited to attend the meeting, a follow-up to the World Food Summit in 1996, where representatives of 185 nations and the European Community pledged to reduce the number of hungry people by half by 2015. At the November meeting participants will review progress made towards that goal and consider ways to accelerate the process.
5 September 2001