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FAO and SlideShare

About SlideShare

SlideShare, found at www.slideshare.com, is an online service for hosting and sharing files created using Microsoft PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote and Open Office. Unregistered users can view slides on the site, while registered users can also upload and/or download slides. The slides uploaded to SlideShare can also be embedded into Web sites, Blogs and shared via Twitter.

Currently, FAO maintains a corporate SlideShare account:

An example of an FAO Web page with embedded slides from SlideShare:

Creation of additional channels (e.g. by decentralized offices, by headquarters units) is currently not allowed. If you wish to share FAO content via SlideShare, please write to OCC.

FAO’s policy on SlideShare


All uploaded material must belong to FAO, i.e. be part of FAO's intellectual property. In addition, the material that is uploaded to the FAO SlideShare channel must be of adequate quality to be relevant to the activities of the Organization and reflect positively on the Organization.

The following guidelines must be respected:

  • exercise discretion when slide shows cover sensitive issues. As a rule, presentations created for internal FAO audiences should not be shared publicly.
  • confidential information should be respected, as should embargoes on unreleased publications or other work in progress.
  • slides should be neatly prepared and checked for possible errors of spelling or typography.
  • any visual effects should be well executed
  • do not use any material under copyright (footage, still photography, music, text, audio)

How to upload FAO presentation to SlideShare

All presentations will be added to the FAO Official SlideShare channel: http://www.slideshare.net/FAOoftheUN.

Send your request to upload the presentation (ensuring all of the abovementioned requirements are met) to OCC. Be sure to download the request form, complete it and attach it to your request.

For employees

Employees with private SlideShare accounts are asked to abide by the following guidelines:

  • employees are free to share their presentations on topics relevant to the work of FAO via SlideShare using a personal account as long as an appropriate corporate/divisional/project account does not exist.
  • do not use the FAO corporate emblem (“logo”) for personal/individual accounts.
  • if posting your own point of view on topics relevant to the work of FAO, add a disclaimer in the “about” section to let your followers know that you work for FAO and make it clear that your account “does not necessarily represent FAO’s views, positions, strategies or opinions.” SlideShare bios can mention that an individual works for FAO but should also indicate that the account holder is not an official FAO spokesperson in this context.
  • protect confidential information – including internal correspondence (emails, for example) or any third-party information made available to the Organization – and respect embargoes on unreleased publications or other work in progress.
  • think before posting – use sound judgement and think about reactions to what you plan to post.
  • respect your audience – avoid negative personal comments or inflammatory subjects.
  • if you see misrepresentations of FAO on SlideShare, you can point them out if you wish. Do so with respect, making sure that what you are saying is factually correct. Avoid arguments.
  • FAO policy, procedures and rules apply to what you do online as well as elsewhere. Always behave in a manner consistent with the role of an international civil servant.