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New FAO Director-General’s first week in office

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Qu Dongyu visits staff, improves governance, begins furthering relations with FAO’s host nation and other Member States  

9 August 2019, Rome – FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu spent his first full week in office meeting every team at the agency’s Rome headquarters, and listening to staff members’ priorities and concerns.

He met with senior management and took concrete actions to safeguard the Organization’s professionalism and integrity.

In his fourth day in office, Qu met the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to reaffirm the strong partnership between FAO and its host nation and to explore the expansion of multilateral cooperation in the future.  

The Director-General has also begun a series of consultations with FAO Member States, including Ambassadors from China, Egypt, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Secretary of State for International Development from the United Kingdom, with the aim to further collaborate and forge a consensus on approaches to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. 

Qu Dongyu was elected as FAO's ninth Director-General on 23 June and began his four-year term on 1 August. 

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