FAO announces major review to boost support for MDGs
Director-General pledges full involvement in UN reform
26 November 2004, Rome - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization is to carry out a major review of its activities to ensure that the Organization gives maximum support to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Director-General Jacques Diouf told the opening session of the FAO Governing Council meeting in Rome this week that the Organization had to face the same challenges as the United Nations itself with regard to the MDGs.
"We need to be sure that the different activities of FAO, spread across the Organization, are fully integrated and that member countries are able to see what FAO's role is and understand its contribution to realisation of each of the eight Millennium Development Goals," he said.
"We are in the process of reviewing, with external support, the whole range of our programmes and our structures, including our mechanisms for internal and external monitoring and review, in order to integrate them into the framework of the MDGs," he continued.
Diouf recalled that FAO's member countries set a goal of reducing the incidence of chronic hunger in the world by half by 2015 at the 1996 World Food Summit, and this aim was later enshrined in the first MDG.
Elaborating on his remarks, the Director-General said the changes to be made were aimed at ensuring FAO's full involvement in the reforms taking place across the UN system, as well as within multilateral development banks and bilateral organizations. They would help to make FAO stronger, more effective, and more efficient within a relevant UN system through a greater harmonisation and integration of activities and resources at headquarters and in the field.
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