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Press Release 97/71

NEW FAO DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL


Rome, 19 November -- The appointment of Mr. David A. Harcharik as Deputy Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was announced today by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf at the 114th Session of the FAO Council, which confirmed that Mr. Harcharik would succeed Mr. Howard W. Hjort, who will retire from the position of Deputy Director-General at the end of December 1997.

Mr. Harcharik, a national of the United States, has served as Assistant Director-General of the FAO Forestry Department since 1995. His international career began with the US Peace Corps in Peru in 1965. Later, he worked for FAO as Forestry Officer from 1972 to 1978 in Rome. In 1981, he joined the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service. From 1984 to 1991, he served as Director of International Forestry, and in 1992, he became Associate Deputy Chief and then Acting Deputy Chief of the Service.

Mr. Howard W. Hjort, a national of the United States, began working with FAO in 1984 as Director of the Policy Analysis Division, having served earlier with the Ford Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture and with international consulting firms. In 1990, he took over as Director of FAOís Liaison Office with North America in Washington D.C. and in 1992 he was appointed Deputy Director-General.

FAO Director-General Diouf praised Mr. Hjortís great competence and dedication and said that he had served FAO with vision, devotion, loyalty and ability.

The FAO Council paid tribute to Mr. Hjort for his service to the Organization and also welcomed Mr. Harcharik to his new post.


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