REPORT OF THE COUNCIL OF FAO

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REPORT OF THE COUNCIL OF FAO

Hundred and Seventh Session
Rome, 15-24 November 1994

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS ROME
1994

COUNCIL
(until 31 December 1994)

Independent Chairman: José Ramón López PortiIlo

Angola1

Germany1

Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of3

Argentina1

Honduras3

Slovakia2

Australia3

Hungary1

Spain2

Bangladesh1

India3

Sri Lanka3

Belgium2

Indonesia1

Swaziland3

Brazil2

Iran, Islamic Republic of1

Syria3

Burkina Faso3

Italy3

Tanzania1

Canada2

Japan1

Thailand1

Cape Verde3

Korea, Republic of1

Trinidad and Tobago2

Chile1

Lebanon2

Tunisia2

China1

Libya2

Uganda3

Colombia2

Madagascar2

United Kingdom3

Congo2

Malaysia3

United States of America2

Cuba2

Mexico2

Venezuela1

Cyprus1

Nigeria2

Zaire2 4

Egypt3

Norway3

France3

Rwanda1


1 Term of office until 31 December 1994

2 Term of office until conclusion of the Twenty-eighth Session of the Conference, November 1995

3 Term of office until 31 December 1996

4 Deemed to have resigned in accordance with Rule XXII-7 of the General Rules of the Organization

COUNCIL
(as from 1 January 1995)

Independent Chairman: José Ramón López PortilIo

Argentina3

Germany3

Spain1

Australia2

Honduras2

Sri Lanka2

Bangladesh3

India2

Swaziland2

Belgium1

Indonesia3

Syria2

Brazil1

Iran, Islamic Republic of3

Tanzania3

Burkina Faso2

Italy2

Thailand3

Cameroon3

Japan3

Trinidad and Tobago1

Canada1

Korea, Republic of3

Tunisia1

Cape Verde2

Lebanon1

Turkey3

Chile3

Libya1

Uganda2

China3

Madagascar1

United Kingdom2

Colombia1

Malaysia2

United States of America1

Congo1

Mexico1

Venezuela3

Cuba1

Nigeria1

Zaire14

Egypt2

Norway2

Zimbabwe3

Estonia3

Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of2

France2

Slovakia1


1 Term of office until conclusion of the Twenty-eighth Session of the Conference, November 1995

2 Term of office until 31 December 1996

3 Term of office until conclusion of the Twenty-ninth Session of the Conference, November 1997

4 Deemed to have resigned in accordance with Rule XXII-7 of the General Rules of the Organization

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

LIST OF DECISIONS, DIRECTIVES AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COUNCIL

INTRODUCTION - PROCEDURE OF THE SESSION

Introduction

Adoption of the Agenda and Timetable (Appendix A)

Election of three Vice-Chairmen, and designationf the Chairman and members of the Drafting Committee

Statement by the Director-General (Appendix D)

WORLD FOOD AND AGRICULTURE SITUATION

State of Food and Agriculture 1994

Report of the Nineteenth Session of the Committee on World Food Security (Rome, 22-25 March 1994)

ACTIVITIES OF FAO AND WFP

Sustainable development

FAO cooperation with the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)

The role of FAO in forest sustainable management and in the UNCED follow-up

Progress towards the development of legally-binding instruments concerning the Prior Informed Consent Procedure

Collaboration within the UN system and with other organizations

World Food Programme

Nineteenth Annual Report of the WFP Committee on Food Aid Policies and Programmes

Election of seven members of the WFP Committee on Food Aid Policies and Programmes

Implementation of General Assembly Resolution 48/162 on the transformation of the CFA into an Executive Board

Commission on Plant Genetic Resources

Report of the Extraordinary Session of the Commission on Plant Genetic Resources (Rome, 7-11 November 1994)

Widening of the mandate of the Commission on Plant Genetic Resources

Progress report on the preparation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing

PROGRAMME, BUDGETARY, FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

Director-General's progress report on implementation of decisions taken by the Council at its Hundred and Sixth Session

General

Special programmes

Headquarters' restructuring

Decentralization and field offices

Communications infrastructures

New cooperation agreements

World Food Summit

Conclusions

Reports of the Sixty-ninth (Rome, 20-28 April 1994) and Seventieth (Rome, 12-16 September 1994) Sessions of the Programme Committee

Reports of the Seventy-eighth (Rome, 21-28 April 1994) and Seventy-ninth (Rome, 12-16 September 1994) Sessions of the Finance Committee

Review of the methods of work of the Finance Committee

Study by the External Auditor on the application of the lapse factor

Financial position of the Organization: collection of assessed contributions (outstanding and in arrears)

Status of contributions (Appendix E)

Current assessments

Contributions in arrears

Replenishment of the Special Reserve Account and advances to the Working Capital Fund

Need for all Member Nations to pay current assessments and arrears

Audited accounts (Draft Resolution to the Conference)

Regular Programme 1992-93

UNDP 1992-93

Revised Calendar of FAO Governing Bodies and Other Main Sessions 1994-95 (Appendix F)

Personnel matters

Rome post adjustment

General Service salary survey

Conclusion

CONSTITUTIONAL AND LEGAL MATTERS

Reports of the Sixty-second (Rome, 18-19 April 1994) and Sixty-third (Rome, 27 September 1994) Sessions of the Committee on Constitutional and Legal Matters

Review of provisions for acceptance procedures under Article XIV of the FAO Constitution

Participation of EC and EC Member States, representing their overseas territories outside the geographical scope of the Treaty of Rome, in FAO meetings and intergovernmental agreements under FAO auspices

The compatibility with Article XVIII.6 of the Constitution of the methodology proposed by the Finance Committee for the calculation of the sum to be paid by Member Organizations of FAO to cover administrative expenses arising out of their membership

Italian tax (6 per mille) on the contents of bank accounts belonging to FAO staff members

Amendments to the Agreement establishing the Indo-Pacific Fishery Commission (IPFC) (Appendix G)

Proposed amendment to Staff Regulation (National Professional Officers) (Appendix H)

Review of the working methods of the Conference

Voting rights, procedures and practices

Applications for membership in the Organization

Invitations to non-Member Nations to attend FAO sessions

Changes in representation of Member Nations on the Programme and Finance Committees

OTHER MATTERS

Appointment of Representatives of the FAO Conference to the Staff Pension Committee

Progress report on FAO Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations

Suggested item for Council Agenda

Vote of thanks to the Secretariat

Date and place of the Hundred and Eighth Session of the Council

APPENDIXES

A - Agenda for the Hundred and Seventh Session of the Council

B - List of delegates and observers

C - List of documents

D - Statement by the Director-General

E - Status of assessed contributions of Member Nations (as at 21 November 1994)

F - Revised Calendar of FAO Governing Bodies and Other Main Sessions 1994-95

G - Amendments to the Agreement establishments the Indo-Pacific Fishery Commission (IPFC)

H - Criteria for the employment of NPOs and policy framework for the introduction of this new category of staff

COMMITTEES