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Press Release 97/1

Cooperative agreement between FAO and IOC


COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN THE UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION AND THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE

ROME, January 10 --- A cooperative agreement was concluded between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), according to a joint statement released today by the two organizations.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two organizations recognize they share similar fundamental objectives and stress their commitment to undertake specific joint international actions in support of people living in rural areas.

The accord, signed by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf, and IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, noted that "the aim of the Olympics is to put sport at the service of human development in order to encourage the building of a peaceful society concerned with safeguarding human dignity." The accord also said that "the objective of FAO is to protect humanity from hunger and malnutrition in order to guarantee and insure the dignity of human beings."

International athletes have given their full support to the FAO campaign, "Food for All," which was launched last November in Rome at the conclusion of the World Food Summit. This support was demonstrated during 21 marathons run last year. The marathons were an occasion for athletes to express their solidarity with all the people in the world who suffer from hunger and malnutrition.

According to FAO, more that 800 million people in the developing world suffer from chronic undernutrition, some 200 million children under five suffer the debilitating effects of undernutrition.


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