27 May 2003, Rome/Berlin --
Johannes Rau, President of the Federal Republic of Germany,
today received the Agricola Medal, struck in his honour by FAO
for his longstanding commitment to support efforts to banish
hunger from the world.
Director-General Dr Jacques Diouf presented the medal to
President Rau at a ceremony in Berlin.
conferred the medal "as a token of its esteem and
respect for President Rau's tireless efforts to promote a
global alliance against hunger and poverty, thereby also
strengthening the awareness that, in our world of today, we are
more than ever dependent and reliant on each other," Dr
underlined that Germany had generously offered its experience
and knowledge as well as its financial resources to support
progress in agriculture and food security in developing
Most recently, Germany had
supported FAO emergency activities in Afghanistan and the
development of international guidelines on the right to food.
In his keynote speech on World Food Day
2001 in Rome, President Rau drew attention to the need for
global security, a fair system of world trade and technological
progress, and called for the establishment of a global alliance
against hunger and poverty, with a view to realizing the vision
of a peaceful world free from hunger.
'International Alliance against Hunger' is the theme
of World Food Day 2003 (16 October).
Agricola Medal honours distinguished personalities for their
commitment and support to the promotion of sustainable food
production, world food security and international cooperation.
Prior to President Rau, several world
leaders have received the award, including: President Hosni
Mubarak of Egypt, Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar,
President Jacques Chirac of France, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia,
King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, President Jiang Zemin of
China and President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana.
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