INTRODUCTION AND REVIEW OF THE STATE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
|1.||Election of Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons|
|2.||Appointment of General Committee and Credentials Committee|
|3.||Adoption of the Agenda and Arrangements for the Session|
|4.||Admission of Observers|
|5.||Review of the State of Food and Agriculture|
PART I - SUBSTANTIVE AND POLICY MATTERS
|6.||Progress Report on Implementation of the FAO Gender and Development Plan of Action (2002-2007)|
|7.||Progress Report on Implementation of the Plan of Action for the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (Res. 4/2001)|
|8.||United Nations/FAO World Food Programme|
|9.||Progress Report on Implementation of the International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing|
|10.||FAO Initiatives to fight hunger: Follow-up to the World Food Summit and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)|
|11.||International Year of Rice 2004|
PART II - PROGRAMME AND BUDGETARY MATTERS
|12.||Programme Implementation Report 2000-2001|
|13.||Programme Evaluation Report 2003|
|14.||Programme of Work and Budget 2004-2005 (Draft Resolution)|
PART III - LEGAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND FINANCIAL MATTERS
|A.||Constitutional and Legal Matters|
|15.||The Number and Length of Terms of Office of the Director-General (Article VII.1 of the Constitution of FAO)|
|16.||Other Constitutional and Legal Matters|
|16.1||Agreement with the the Office International des Épizooties|
|16.2||Cooperation Agreement with Organisation for the Development of Fisheries in Eastern and Central Europe (EUROFISH)|
|16.3||Amendment to Regulation VI of the Financial Regulations (Funds under Partnership in Development Projects) (Draft Resolution)|
|16.4||Amendment to Regulation VI of the Financial Regulations (Capital Budgeting) (Draft Resolution)|
|16.5||Amendment to Regulation V of the Financial Regulation (Split Assessments) (Draft Resolution)|
|16.6||Composition of the Finance Committee|
|16.7||Suspension of Rule XXVII.2 of the General Rules of the Organization|
|B.||Administrative and Financial Matters|
|17.||Audited Accounts 2000-2001 (Draft Resolution)|
|18.||Scale of Contributions 2004-2005 (Draft Resolution)|
|19.||Payment by the European Community to Cover Administrative and other Expenses Arising out of its Membership in the Organization|
|20.||Other Administrative and Financial Matters|
|20.1||Methodology for Equitable Geographic Distribution|
PART IV - APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS
|21.||Applications for Membership in the Organization|
|22.||Election of Council Members|
|23.1||Appointment of the Independent Chairman of the Council|
|23.2||Appointment of Representatives of the FAO Conference to the Staff Pension Committee|
PART V - OTHER MATTERS
|24.||Date and Place of the Thirty-third Conference Session|
|25.||Any Other Matters|
|25.1||McDougall Memorial Lecture|
|25.2||Presentation of B.R. Sen Awards|
|25.3||Presentation of A.H. Boerma Award|
|25.4||Presentation of Edouard Saouma Award|
|25.5||Margarita Lizárraga Medal|
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|C 2003/1-Rev.1||Provisional Agenda|
|C 2003/2||The State of Food and Agriculture|
|C 2003/3||Programme of Work and Budget 2004-2005|
|C 2003/3-Corr.1 (Spanish only)||Corrigendum to Programme of Work and Budget 2004-2005|
|C 2003/4||Programme Evaluation Report 2003|
|C 2003/5||Audited Accounts FAO 2000-2001|
|C 2003/6||Progress Report of Implementation of the FAO Gender and Development Plan of Action (2002-2007)|
|C 2003/7||Progress Report on Implementation of the Plan of Action for the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (Resolution 4/2001)|
|C 2003/8||Programme Implementation Report 2000-2001|
|C 2003/9||Appointment of Independent Chairman of the Council|
|C 2003/10-Rev.1||Applications for Membership in the Organization|
|C 2003/11||Election of Council Members|
|C 2003/12||Arrangements for the 32nd Session of the Conference (Arrangements for the Round Tables)|
|C 2003/12-Sup.1||Arrangements for the 32nd Session of the Conference - Round Tables|
|C 2003/13||Admission to the Session of Representatives and Observers of International Organizations|
|C 2003/14||Appointment of Representatives of the FAO Conference to the Staff Pension Committee|
|C 2003/16||Strengthening Coherence in FAO Initiatives to
|C 2003/17||International Year of Rice 2004|
|C 2003/18||Ministerial Round Table on the Role of Water and Infrastructure in Ensuring Sustainable Food Security (Round Table I - 1 December 2003)|
|C 2003/19||Ministerial Round Table on Developments in the WTO Negotiations on Agriculture and Implications for Food Security – including the Work of FAO (Round Table II - 2 December 2003)|
|C 2003/20||Ministerial Round Table on the Dimension of Food Safety in Food Security (Round Table III - 3 December 2003)|
|C 2003/21||Progress Report on Implementation of the International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing|
|C 2003/INF/ Series|
|C 2003/INF/1||Report of Informal Meeting of Observers from
International non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs)
|C 2003/INF/2||Guide on Conduct of Plenary Meetings|
|C 2003/INF/3-Rev.1||Provisional List of Delegates|
|C 2003/INF/4||Provisional List of Documents|
|C 2003/INF/5-Corr.1||Statement of the Director-General|
|C 2003/INF/6||Presentation of the B.R. Sen Awards (2002 and 2003)|
|C 2003/INF/7||Presentation of the A.H. Boerma Award (2002-2003)|
|C 2003/INF/8||Presentation of the Edouard Saouma Award 2002-2003|
|C 2003/INF/9||Twenty-third McDougall Memorial Lecture|
|C 2003/INF/10||International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture|
|C 2003/INF/11||Report on the XII World Forestry Congress|
|C 2003/INF/12||No document|
|C 2003/INF/13||Status of Contributions|
|C 2003/INF/14||Implementation of 2002 Regional Conference Recommendations|
|C 2003/INF/15||FAO Members, Council Members, Members of the Council Committees and of the World Food Programme Executive Board|
|C 2003/INF/16||Statement of Competence and Voting Rights Submitted by the European Community (EC) and its Member States (MS)|
|C 2003/INF/17||Multilateral Treaties deposited with the Director-General (Status as at 31 August 2003)|
|C 2003/INF/18||Notification of Membership in the Open Committees of the Council 2004-2005|
|C 2003/INF/19||Report on the Development of a Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)|
|C 2003/INF/20||Report on Progress Towards Ratification And Entry into Force of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade|
|C 2003/LIM/1||Preparations for the 32nd Session of the FAO Conference (Extract from CL 125/REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/2||Medium Term Plan (Extract from CL 123/REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/3||United Nations/FAO World Food Programme (Extract from CL 124/REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/4||Programme Implementation Report 2000-2001 (CL 123/REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/5||Programme Evaluation Report 2003 (Extract from CL 124/REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/6||Programme of Work and Budget 2004-2005
(Extract from CL 125/REP)
|C 2003/LIM/7||FAO Audited Accounts 2000-2001 (Draft Resolution) (Extract from CL 123/REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/8||Scale of Contributions 2004-2005 (Draft Resolution) (Extract from CL 124/REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/8-Corr.1||Scale of Contributions 2004-2005|
|C 2003/LIM/9||First Report of the General Committee|
|C 2003/LIM/10||First Interim Report of the Credentials Committee|
|C 2003/LIM/11||First Report of the Resolutions Committee (Commission I)|
|C 2003/LIM/12||Appointment of the Credentials Committee (Extract from 124/REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/13||Margarita Lizárraga Medal (Extract from CL 124/REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/14||The Number and Length of Terms of Office of the Director-General, Article VII.1 of the Constitution of FAO (Draft Resolution) (Extract from the CL 125/REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/15||Agreement with the Office International des Epizooties( Extract from CL 125/REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/16||Cooperation Agreement between the International Organisation for the Development of Fisheries in Eastern and Central Europe (EUROFISH) and FAO (Extract from CL 125/REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/17||Report of the Working Group on Equitable Geographic Distribution|
|C 2003/LIM/17-Add.1||Report of the Working Group on Equitable Geographic Distribution|
|C 2003/LIM/18||Amendment to Regulation VI of the Financial Regulations (Funds under Partnership in Development Projects) (Draft Resolution) (Extract from CL 125/REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/19||Amendment to Regulation VI of the Financial Regulations (Capital Budgeting) (Draft Resolution) (Extract from CL 125/REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/20||Amendment to Regulation V of the Financial Regulations (Split Assessments (Extract from CL 125/REP))|
|C 2003/LIM/21||Composition of the Finance Committee (Extract from CL 125/REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/22||Split Assestments (Extract from CL 125/.REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/23||Methodology for the Determination of Equitable Geographic Distribution (CL 125/REP)|
|C 2003/LIM/24||No document|
|C 2003/LIM/25||Second Report of the General Committee (Election of Council Members)|
|Second Report of the General Committee (Election of Council Members)|
|C 2003/LIM/26||Third Report of the General Committee|
|C 2003/LIM/27||Split Assestments (Draft Resolution)|
|C 2003/LIM/28||Second Report of the Credentials Committee|
|C 2003/REP/1 to||Draft Report of Plenary|
|C 2003/REP/1 –Sup.1|
|C 2003/REP/2 to|
|C 2003/REP/3 to|
|C 2003/REP/6 to|
|C 2003/REP/11 to|
|C 2003/I/REP/1 to||Draft Report of Commission I|
|C 2003/II/REP/1 to||Draft Report of Commission II|
|C 2003/PV /1 to||Verbatim Records of Plenary|
|C 2003/I/PV/1 to||Verbatim Records of Commission I|
|C 2003/II/PV/1 to||Verbatim Records of Commission II|
|C 2003/DJ/1 to||Daily Journal of the Conference|
presented on 1 December 2003
by Mrs Jeanne Dambendzet
Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Promotion of Women
of the Republic of Congo
Mr Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have the pleasure to report to you on the Ministerial Round Table that was held yesterday evening and that permitted an exchange of views on the role of investment in water and infrastructure to achieve the objectives of food security, and on ways of rendering such investment attractive and sustainable in both the public and the private sector.
Delegations from 49 countries attended the meeting and 25 took the floor. The Round Table was chaired by the Austrian Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forests, Environment and Water Management, and by myself.
The speakers reported on the efforts that their countries had made for the sustainable development and management of their water resources, within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals. They commended the document prepared by the Secretariat and thanked FAO for the opportunity to discuss this topic.
The participants confirmed the basic role of water for human life and notably for agriculture, food security and social and economic development, and thus the need for its integrated management. It was also important to use water efficiently by modernizing infrastructure and adopting water-saving techniques permiting multiple cropping cycles.
Lack of water was a fundamental problem. Water shortages in many regions were at the root of the growing competition between sectors that were affecting agriculture and, by extension, rural employment and development. Water availability could be increased through water treatment and recycling, which also helped to protect the environment and conserve biodiversity.
Several speakers emphasized the importance of partnership between the public and private sectors. It was recognized that the public sector should continue to play a role in mobilizing water resources and major structural works, but that real opportunities existed for the private sector and civil society in all its forms to contribute significantly to the management of water for agriculture. An appropriate enabling policy framework and sound legislation were essential in this regard. The need for closer linkage with the market through related investment was also highlighted.
Several delegations stressed the basic role of education, training and local capacity- building for sound water management. Research also played an important role, especially for the development of appropriate technology, preferably simple and inexpensive technology.
Many speakers underlined the need to promote solidarity at both international and regional level. At the international level, financial assistance to the most disadvantaged countries was needed to enable them to develop their basic infrastructure and to ensure that their water resources were well managed. At the regional level, and in particular in developing countries, solidarity needed to be expressed through programmes of cooperation and sharing of water resources among riparian states.
The participants welcomed the announcement by the Representative of the Netherlands that an International Conference on Water for Agriculture and Ecosystems would be jointly organized with FAO and other partners for the end of 2004, and would deal with matters relating to the integrated management, efficient use and quality of water resources.
In conclusion, the participants recognized the value of being able to exchange views on a topic as important as that of water. We agreed in particular on the need for investment in the sound management of water, which through irrigation played a vital role in the intensification of agricultural production. Irrigation and small water-control works brought prosperity and wealth to the rural world.
presented on 2 December 2003
by Giovanni Alemanno
Minister for Agricultural and Forestry Policies of the Italian Republic
Jaime Campos Quiroga
Minister for Agriculture of the Republic of Chile
The Round Table was attended by 59 Ministers or representatives of Member Nations, of which 31 took the floor, expressing a wide variety of views. The following were the main conclusions drawn by the co-Chairs:
- capacity building for trade
- agricultural policy advice
- impact analyses of various policies
- providing a useful forum to facilitate exchange on the relationship between trade and world food security.
Presented on 3 December 2003
by Franc But
Minister for Agriculture of the Republic of Slovenia
Magzoub Al-Khalifa Ahmed
Federal Minister for Agriculture and Forestry of Sudan
The Round Table noted that worrying levels of food insecurity persisted in many parts of the world, and that food safety concerns were receiving ever- increasing global attention.
Delegates recalled that access to safe food was a component of food security, as defined by the World Food Summit. They highlighted the fact that food-borne illnesses contributed to decreased worker productivity, disability, and even early death, thus lowering incomes and access to food. Practices aimed at improving food safety reduced food losses and increased food availability. In addition, countries that were able to ensure safe food could take advantage of international trade opportunities, thereby increasing income levels.
The Round Table also recognized that the application of food safety standards involved costs which could have negative implications for other aspects of food security, at least in the short run. It noted that adherence to food safety regulations required investments in food production and processing, as well as in human resources. This reduced the availability of resources for other purposes, including food security, and could result in higher food prices, thus decreasing access to food. Food safety standards could also make market access more difficult for less efficient poor producers and could act as barriers to export markets.
Delegates recognized that effective food safety and food security policies would seek to capitalize on the positive impacts and minimise the unwanted effects of these policies.
The Round Table agreed that international harmonization of science-based standards was desirable in order to reduce the cost of national regulations and equalize trading opportunities. While delegates agreed that convergence of international and national standards was therefore desirable, they noted that poor countries faced difficulties when internationally-agreed standards were established at levels which mainly satisfied consumers in high-income countries with little consideration for the compliance cost for poor producers and processors. The Round Table concurred that, in the long run, “dual safety standards” for exported and domestically-consumed products, respectively, were not desirable, although it was noted that they were likely to persist for some time.
The need for increased transparency in standard-setting and communication of any changes in these standards at the national and international level was highlighted. The Round Table called on FAO and other relevant Agencies to facilitate full access of all trading partners to the whole range of national and international food safety regulations. Governments were asked to cooperate in such an endeavour.
Several delegates expressed concern that some importing countries were using non-science based standards as unjustified technical barriers to trade.
Serious concern was expressed regarding the difficulties of adherence to standards established on the basis of a “zero-risk” approach. This approach to exercising precaution in standard-setting could impose prohibitive compliance costs for suppliers. In this context, some delegates noted that, due to environmental factors, zero levels of certain contaminants (e.g. aflatoxins in products grown in tropical areas) could be practically unattainable. Regulators were requested to take this into account in standard-setting.
The Round Table noted that although the adoption of more rigorous food safety standards could imply short-term costs, these could assist in inducing long-term positive effects on the agricultural and food processing sector.
The Round Table also emphasized that donated food must comply with the food standards of the recipient country.
A number of delegates emphasized the difficulties faced by developing countries in effectively participating in Codex standard-setting work, as well as in WTO-related activities. Delegates called upon FAO and the international donor community to assist them in this regard as well as in building capacity for scientific evaluations. Delegates referred to the FAO/WHO Codex Trust Fund as a potentially important initiative for providing such support and called for it to be made operational as soon as possible.
Furthermore, the Round Table noted the importance of coordinated, sustainable
capacity- building within developing countries in areas such as food legislation, laboratory infrastructure and staff training. The importance of involving representatives of consumer groups, farmers, producers and the private sector in food safety issues, including standard-setting, was emphasized.
The Round Table concluded that the trend towards increasingly rigorous and comprehensive food safety standards, which was meant to satisfy the needs of all people, rich and poor alike, should be made compatible with the short-term needs of the food insecure.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations hereinafter referred to as FAO and the Office International des Épizooties (World Organisation for Animal Health), hereinafter referred to as the OIE, wishing to coordinate their efforts in the control of animal diseases and safety of food within the framework of their respective mandates, agree to the following:
1.1 FAO and OIE agree to cooperate closely in matters of common interest pertaining to their respective fields of competence.
1.2 For the purposes of the present Agreement:
- “animal” includes livestock, birds, wild fauna, bees, companion animals, fish and other aquatic animals;
- “agriculture” includes crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry.
2.1 The OIE is primarily responsible for the:
2.2 FAO is primarily responsible for the:
2.3 The following activities are object of joint action:
FAO and the OIE jointly collaborate, in particular, by the following means:
To promote efficiency and avoid duplication, FAO and the OIE shall, in the course of the preparation of their respective programmes of activity, in so far as they pertain to the present Agreement, submit to each other their draft programmes for comment and coordination, and each party shall take into account to the extent possible the recommendations of the other. Additionally, FAO and the OIE shall convene one annual coordination meeting of high level officials of each party.
Both parties may request that the present Agreement be amended. Any such amendment shall be adopted by mutual consent. An exchange of letters will detail the implementation of this agreement.
The present Agreement supersedes the Agreement concluded previously between FAO and the OIE.
|Signed in ......... on ............
|For the OIE||For FAO|