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FAO Reform, The Director-General's revised proposals, A vision for the twenty-first century

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FAO Reform
The Director-General’s revised proposals
A vision for the twenty-first century


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome, January 2006


Table of Contents

PREFACE
SUMMARY

PART I. THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL’S REVISED PROPOSALS

I. THE CASE FOR REFORM IN FAO

UN system reform
Addressing the MDGs
Developments within FAO
The process

II. THE GOALS AND SHAPE OF THE REFORM

Goals
Shape of the reform
Restructuring FAO's programmes

Chapter 2: Sustainable food and agricultural systems
Chapter 3: Knowledge exchange, policy and advocacy
Chapter 4: Decentralization, UN cooperation and programme delivery

Organizational structure

Headquarters
Decentralized offices
Roles and relationships

Achieving efficiency and performance gains
Aspects of the budgetary proposals
Reinforcing monitoring, evaluation and oversight

PART II. A VISION FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

EXPLANATORY NOTE
THE VISION OF FAO'S FOUNDERS
III. FAO'S 60 YEARS (1945-2005)
IV. RESPONDING TO THE CHALLENGES OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Contributing to the eradication of poverty and hunger
Raising the sustainability of production and distribution systems

V. FAO'S SECOND 60 YEARS: EVOLVING PRIORITIES, NEW OPPORTUNITIES

Harnessing knowledge for agriculture
Sharing the benefits of urbanization and globalization
Emergence of new institutions, growing capacities in developing countries
Renewed commitment to rural investment
Reducing the impact of disasters and improving emergency preparedness

CONCLUSION
ANNEXES

Annex 1: External reviews from January 1994 to September 2005
Annex 2: Proposed organization chart - FAO headquarters
Annex 3

Table 1a: Evolution of posts - post counts by location
Table 1b: Evolution of posts - post counts by location, taking into account co-located subregional offices in regional office locations