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Press Release 99/73 C/8


Rome, November 23, 1999 - The governing Conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ended its 30th Session today, after agriculture ministers and other senior officials re-elected Director-General Jacques Diouf to a second six-year term, reviewed the state of food and agriculture and voted on the Organization's budget for the next two years.

The Conference elected FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf to a second 6-year term with an overwhelming majority of 137 votes to the 26 for his opponent, Argentina's Ambassador to Sweden, Juan Carlos Vignaud. The Conference also voted FAO a $650 million budget for 2000-2001, the same level as 1998-99 and 1996-97. This effectively forces FAO to absorb about $4 million in increased costs.

Five new member states were admitted to FAO by the Conference. They are: Niue, the Republic of Palau, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and the Republic of San Marino. Membership in FAO now stands at 180 countries and one member organization, the European Community.


Conference documents are available on the FAO Web site at:

For further FAO election information Contact:

John Riddle, FAO/Rome
Tel. (39) 06 5705-3259

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