Italian President Ciampi receives FAO Agricola Medal
For his commitment and efforts in the global fight against hunger and poverty
28 September 2005, Rome - Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi was today presented with FAO's Agricola Medal in recognition of his strong support for the fight against world hunger and poverty.
FAO's Director-General, Dr Jacques Diouf, presented the medal to President Ciampi at a ceremony at the Quirinale Palace in Rome.
According to the accompanying citation, FAO conferred the medal "as a token of its esteem and respect for President Ciampi's untiring efforts to promote a more effective and efficient global commitment against hunger and poverty."
"President Ciampi has seized every opportunity to call for increased national and international investment flows to the agricultural sector and for the full cancellation of the debt of the poorest countries and easier access of their products to the markets of the industrialized countries," the citation stated.
A commitment to peace
It noted that President Ciampi has always stressed that it was the leaders of developing countries who were primarily responsible for the future of their nations. He has asked from them an improved commitment to peace, good governance and the full observance of human rights and basic freedoms, noting that internal and external conflicts only serve to further violence and to undermine the stability necessary to social and economic development.
FAO's Agricola Medal honours distinguished personalities for their commitment to and support for the promotion of sustainable food production, improved world food security and stronger international cooperation.
World leaders who have previously received this award include: King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, President Jacques Chirac of France, President Jiang Zemin of China, His Holiness Pope John Paul II, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar, and President Johannes Rau of Germany.
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