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XXX. Appendix J. Cooperation agreement between the regional center on agrarian reform and rural development for the Near East (CARDNE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The Contracting Parties,

Considering that CARDNE was established with the assistance of FAO as a concrete step in carrying out the objectives and strategies contained in the Declaration of Principles and Programmes of Action adopted by the World Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development convened by the Organization in July 1979,

Considering that CARDNE was established as an independent intergovernmental organization by an agreement, adopted on 28 September 1983 by a Conference of Plenipotentiaries convened by the Director-General, which entered into force on 30 December 1987 and for which the Director-General of FAO is the Depositary,

Considering that Article XI of the Agreement establishing CARDNE provides that "the Centre may cooperate with other intergovernmental organizations and governmental and non-governmental organizations or agencies, in particular those of the region, whose interests and activities are relevant to its objectives" and that paragraph 1 of Article VII of the Agreement provides formally that a representative of the Director-General of FAO will assist the Executive Committee of the Centre as one of the technical advisers,

Considering also that the Governing Council of the Centre, at its Third Regular Session on 6 October 1993 decided to propose a cooperation agreement with FAO with a view to strengthen the relations already existing between CARDNE and FAO, and formalize the cooperation between the two organizations,

Considering further that paragraph 1 of Article XIII of the FAO Constitution states that "in order to provide for close cooperation between the Organization and other international organizations with related responsibilities, the Conference may enter into agreements with the competent authorities of such organizations, defining the distribution of responsibilities and methods of cooperation."

Recognizing the interest which FAO has in the promotion of cooperation relating to agrarian reform and rural development among the countries of the Near East Region,

Have agreed as follows:

I. A close relationship shall be established and maintained between CARDNE and FAO.

II. FAO shall participate in meetings of the Governing Council and of the Executive Committee of CARDNE as an observer.

III. Representatives of the Director-General of FAO will continue to assist the Executive Committee of the Centre as technical advisers.

IV. CARDNE shall be invited to participate in meetings of the Conference and the Council of FAO in an observer capacity.

V. FAO shall, as far as possible and in conformity with its constitutional instruments and decisions of its competent bodies, give due consideration to requests for technical assistance made by CARDNE.

VI. CARDNE and FAO may, in appropriate cases, agree to convene under their auspices, according to arrangements to be made in each particular case, joint meetings concerning matters of interest to both organizations.

VII. CARDNE and FAO may, through special arrangements, decide upon joint action with a view to attaining objects of common interest.

VIII. CARDNE and FAO may, when they consider it desirable, set up joint committees or working parties, on conditions to be mutually agreed in each case, to consider matters of common interest.

IX. Subject to such arrangements as may be necessary for the safeguarding of classified material, CARDNE and FAO shall arrange for the fullest exchange of information and documents concerning matters of common interest.

X. The FAO Regional Office for the Near East (RNE), in cooperation with the Rural Development Division (SDA) at FAO Headquarters in Rome, will serve as a focal point for liaison between CARDNE and FAO.

XI. The Contracting Parties may decide by mutual agreement to extend the scope of their cooperation as appropriate.

Entry into force

The present Agreement shall enter into force as soon as it has been approved by the Governing Bodies of both organizations.

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