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FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

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ORGANISATION DES NATIONS UNIES POUR L'ALIMENTATION ET L'AGRICULTURE

CL 103/PV/9

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ORGANIZACION DE LAS NACIONES UNIDAS PARA LA AGRICULTURA Y LA ALIMENTACION


Hundred and Third Session
PLENARY

Cent troisième session
PLÉNIÈRE

103° periodo de sesiones
PLENARIA

NINTH PLENARY MEETING
NEUVIEME SEANCE PLENIERE
NOVENA SESION PLENARIA

(18 June 1993)

The Ninth Plenary Meeting was opened at 9.30 hours
Mr
Antoine Saintraint, Independent Chairman of the Council, presiding

La neuvième séance plénière est ouverte à 9 h 30 sous la présidence
de M. Antoine Saintraint, Président indépendant du Conseil

Se abre la novena sesión plenaria a las 9.30 horas
bajo la presidencia del Sr.
Antoine Saintraint, Presidente Independiente del Consejo


LE PRESIDENT: Je déclare ouverte la neuvième séance plénière de notre Conseil.

Avant de passer au point 16 de l'ordre du jour, je voudrais me permettre une remarque. Hier, lorsque nous avons discuté de la répartition des groupes, il été dit à propos du Groupe consultatif qu'il faudrait peut-être revoir certains points. J'ai examiné les travaux de la Conférence de 1991 et la répartition qui a été faite est exactement la même qu'en ce qui concerne les groupes géographiques au sein du Conseil.

Toujours avant d'aborder le point 16, aujourd'hui étant une journée de commémoration spéciale, je voudrais, avec votre autorisation, passer immédiatement la parole à l'observateur du Saint-Siège.

CELEBRATION OF WORLD REFUGEES DAY
CELEBRATION DE LA JOURNEE MONDIALE DES REFUGIES
CELEBRACION DEL DIA MUNDIAL DE LOS REFUGIADOS

Most Rev. Alois WAGNER (Observer from the Holy See) : In our family of the United Nations we are celebrating today the World Day of Refugees. We must remember that nearly 20 million refugees and the same number of displaced persons are away from their home villages, suffering from not having human rights, daily work, homes, peaceful family situations and, very often, they are without any future, oppressed by war situations, suffering, hunger and thirst.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to make my statement to the Council of FAO in this context.

Mr Chairman, distinguished Delegates, Observers, Ladies and Gentlemen, I want to thank you all for your preparations for the 103rd Session of this Council of FAO. I wish you all the blessings of God, because those responsible at FAO headquarters and the members of this FAO Council Session, representing so many countries of the world, have the opportunity and possibility to provide more food. The realization of FAO's motto, Fiat Panis, which means that daily bread be given to all, is in your hands.

Bearing in mind the words of the Director-General with regard to the world food situation and Agriculture Towards 2000, I wish to inform this Council about the ways in which the national and international Catholic organizations are acting in the field of food and agriculture, providing food within the guidelines of social responsibility and solidarity.

Firstly, personal and financial programmes are oriented towards primary and basic projects in order to encourage human evolution and concrete progress against hunger and unjust situations.

Secondly, the aim of all these projects is to encourage self - responsibility and self-capacity in the peoples of different developing countries, in order that they take into their own hands their evolution, development and, therefore, learn to produce more nutritious food.


Thirdly, our church organizations are encouraging all people to protect the earth, forests, water and air, and to use all these resources in the correct way. Therefore, all Catholic organizations are cooperating with the FAO agricultural programmes in the fields of fisheries, forestry and the World Food Programme.

Fourthly, a special and important point of these projects is the construction of professional rural trade schools, as well as the formation of training courses, for both men and women, following the good proposals of FAO, IFAD and WFP.

Fifthly, we take a stand against all forms of war, revolution or tribal and nationalistic conflicts in Europe and all other continents, because these man-made catastrophes are destroying food and the means to produce nutrition, including the soil.

Sixth, the work of those responsible for plant genetic resources is important because it shows a concrete way in which to get more food and to help developing countries to produce their own food.

Seventh, after the first International Conference on Nutrition, we wish to contribute a little and, therefore, we are encouraging all Catholic organizations to realize all the good ideas of the World Declaration on Nutrition of December 1992, because many excellent issues came from this international conference. We are, therefore, asking Catholic organizations all over the world to study, and to introduce the ideas of, the Declaration in their own planning, in order to ensure that these excellent proposals for a worldwide plan for nutrition should not just remain written words. This is a recognition of the FAO and WHO staff and of all those who work in the field of nutrition, in order that nobody should suffer any more from hunger, and today we especially include in that all the poor refugees. Our aim is to work for a world without hunger, as has been explained very often by the speakers at this Council.

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