Dr Jacques Diouf wins third six-year term as FAO Director-General
New term runs through 2011
19 November 2005, Rome - Dr Jacques Diouf of Senegal was re-elected to a third six-year term as Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today. He received a total of 137 votes out of 165 votes cast and was the only candidate nominated by the Organization’s 189 members. An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 188 member countries plus one member organization, the European Community.
The election took place on the first day of the biennial governing Conference, which also will decide the Organization’s budget for 2006-2007 and a major reform proposal tabled by Dr Diouf.
First elected FAO Director-General in 1993
Dr Diouf was first elected FAO Director-General in November 1993. Before that he was Senegal’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. He has also served as Secretary-General of the Central Bank for West African States in Dakar, Senegal, and as a Member of Parliament and Secretary of State for Science and Technology. Earlier he was Executive Secretary for the African Groundnut Council and the West Africa Rice Development Association.
Dr Diouf was born on August 1, 1938 in Saint-Louis, Senegal. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences of the Rural Sector (Agricultural Economics) from the Sorbonne University, Paris and a Master of Science in Agriculture and Tropical Agronomy from the Ecole Nationale d’Application d’Agronomie Tropicale in Nogent and from the Ecole Nationale d’Agriculture-Grignon, Paris, France.
Dr Diouf is FAO’s seventh Director-General since the Organization was founded in Quebec City, Canada on October 16, 1945.
McDougall Lecture and new FAO Member Country
Earlier in the day, David Beckmann of Bread for the World delivered the McDougall lecture to the FAO Conference, saying the key to reducing hunger is not merely calling for more political will, but building it. Bread for the World is a US-based citizens' movement to end hunger.
The Conference also voted to admit Belarus as its 188th Member Country.
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