REPORT OF THE COUNCIL OF FAO

CL 91/REP

REPORT OF THE COUNCIL OF FAO

Ninety-first Session
Rome, 15-26 June 1987

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
ROME 1987

COUNCIL
(as from 1 January 1987)

Independent Chairman: Lassaad Ben Osman

Afghanistan* Germany, Federal Republic of** Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of*
Algeria*** Hungary*** Senegal*
Argentina** India* Spain***
Australia* Indonesia** Switzerland***
Bangladesh** Iraq** Tanzania*
Brazil Italy* Thailand**
Cameroon** Japan** Trinidad and Tobago***
Canada*** Lebanon*** Turkey**
China** Liberia* United Kingdom*
Colombia*** Libya*** United States of America***
Cuba*** Madagascar*** Venezuela**
Denmark* Malaysia** Yugoslavia**
Ecuador* Mexico*** Zaire***
Egypt* Nicaragua** Zambia**
France* Niger** Zimbabwe*
Gabon*** Pakistan*
Gambia*** Philippines*

* Term of office until conclusion of Twenty-fourth Session of the conference, November 1987

** Term of office until 31 December 1988

*** Term of office until conclusion of Twenty-fifth Session of the conference, November 1989

TABLE OF CONTENTS

LIST OF DECISIONS, DIRECTIVES AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COUNCIL

INTRODUCTION

Adoption of the Agenda and Timetable

Election of Three Vice-Chairmen, and Designation of the Chairman and Members of the Drafting Committee

Statement by the Director-General

WORLD FOOD AND AGRICULTURE SITUATION

Current World Food Situation

Report of the Twelfth Session of the Committee on World Food Security (Rome, 8-15 April 1987)

ACTIVITIES OF FAO AND WFP

Report of the Ninth Session of the Committee on Agriculture (Rome, 23 March - 1 April 1987)

– Review of Fao’s Programme of Work in the Food and Agricultural Sector

– The Role of Food Quality and Standards in Food Security, Trade and Health

– Improving Productivity of Dry land Areas

– The Effects of Land Tenure and Fragmentation of Farm Holdings on Agricultural Development

– Strategies and Requirements for Improved Production of Roots, Tubers and Plantains

– Other Matters

Feasibility Study on Expanding Aid-in-Kind: Progress Report

Report of the Second Session of the Commission on Plant Genetic Resources (Rome, 16-20 March 1987)

Report of the Tenth Session of the Commission on Fertilizers (Rome, 27-30 April 1987)

Report of the Seventeenth Session of the Committee on Fisheries (Rome, 18-22 May 1987)

Forestry Matters: Report on Financing Requirements for Action to Protect and Conserve the World’s Forests

World Food Programme

– Twelfth Annual Report of the Committee on Food Aid Policies and Programmes of the UN/FAO World Food Programme

– WFP Proposed Pledging Target 1989-90 (Resolution 1/91 and Draft Resolution for the Conference)

Recent Developments in the UN System of Interest to FAO

Preparations for the Twenty-fourth Session of the FAO Conference

– Arrangements for the Session and Provisional Timetable

– Nomination of the Chairman and other Officers of the Conference

– Deadline for Nominations for Independent Chairman of the Council

PROGRAMME, BUDGETARY, FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

Summary Programme of Work and Budget 1988-89

– Introductory Statements

– Format

– General Approach

– Selection of Priorities

– Programme Activities and Means of Action

– Current Financial Situation

– Financial Framework

– Budget Level

– Conclusion

Report of the Fifty-second Session of the Programme Committee (Rome, 4-14 May 1987)

– Programme Adjustments in 1986-87 231

– JIU Reports

Reports of the Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth Sessions of the Finance Committee (Rome, 15-16 December 1986 and 4-14 May 1987)

– Field Representation of Organizations in the UN System

– Budgetary Performance 1986

– Appointment of the External Auditor (Resolution 2/91)

– Programme Delivery Costs

Financial Matters

– Financial Position of the Organization

  1. Status of Contributions to the Budget
  2. Current Assessments
  3. Deferral of Cash Surplus Distributions
  4. Contributions in Arrears
  5. Voting Right Problems

– Measures .to Deal with Problems of Delayed Payment of Assessed Contributions

– Status of Cash Flow

– Programme Adjustments in 1986-87

– Alternative Approaches to Dealing with Budgetary and Financial Uncertainties

  1. Amending Present Procedures for Application of Cash Surplus
  2. Adjusting the Treatment of Miscellaneous Income
  3. Increase in the Level of the Working Capital Fund

– Scale of Contributions 1988-89 (Draft Resolution for the Conference)

Personnel Matters

CONSTITUTIONAL AND LEGAL MATTERS

Report of the Forty-ninth Session of the Committee on

Constitutional and Legal Matters (Rome, 21-24 April 1987)

– Procedure for Election of Chairmen and Members of the Programme and Finance Committees

– FAO’s Immunity from Legal Process in Italy

– Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations or between International Organizations

Other Constitutional and Legal Matters

– Invitations to Non-Member Nations to Attend FAO Sessions

– Changes in Representation of Member Nations on the Programme and Finance Committees

OTHER MATTERS

Date and Place of the Ninety-second Session of the Council

APPENDICES

A – Agenda for the Ninety-first Session of the Council

B – List of Delegates and Observers

C – List of Documents

D – Statement by the Director-General

E – Assessed Contributions of Member Nations

F – Scale of Contributions 1988-89

COMMEETIES