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FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL MEETS EU LEADER IN BRUSSELS


Rome, 11 October 2001 - At a meeting in Brussels on 10 October, Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, thanked Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission, for his long-standing support to FAO.

He also commended the Commission for its willingness to participate in the effort to contribute to the process of mobilisation of substantive resources to achieve the goal of halving the number of the world's hungry by 2015. The Commission would thus join member countries that have already indicated their willingness to make pledges to this effect.

The Director-General underlined the importance of solidarity between developed and developing countries in the fight against hunger and poverty. Dr Diouf informed President Prodi of the discussions with the Italian authorities which have led him to seek the approval of the FAO Council to hold the meetings of 5 to 9 November in Rome instead of in Rimini.

The Director-General also indicated that through informal consultations with member countries, he is reassessing the implications of the present international crisis on the planned World Food Summit: five years later.

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