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Press Release 99/73 C/8

FAO GOVERNING CONFERENCE ENDS


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.

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Conference documents are available on the FAO Web site at: http://www.fao.org/unfao/bodies/conf/C99/C99-e.htm

For further FAO election information Contact:

John Riddle, FAO/Rome
Tel. (39) 06 5705-3259
e-mail: john.riddle@fao.org


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