The United Nations is a family of organizations. Also known as the United Nations system, it is made up of the United Nations Secretariat, the United Nations programmes and funds, and the UN specialized agencies. The programmes, funds and agencies have their own governing bodies and budgets, and set their own standards and guidelines. Together, they provide technical assistance and other forms of practical help in virtually all areas of economic and social endeavour.
FAO is a United Nations specialized agency, accountable to the FAO Conference of member governments. FAO participates in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) which coordinates economic, social and related work of the 14 UN specialized agencies as well as regional commissions.
The Director-General of FAO is a member of the Chief Executives Board, which brings together on a regular basis the executive heads of the organizations of the United Nations system, under the chairmanship of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. In addition to regular reviews of contemporary political issues and major concerns facing the UN system, and on the basis of recommendations from its committees, the Board approves policy statements on behalf of the UN system as a whole.
FAO has numerous active partnership arrangements with other specialized agencies, programmes and funds of the United Nations system.
For more information about the FAO's commitment and to the Millennium Development Goals, United Nations "Delivering as One", and other alliances with the UN system, please visit the FAO and the UN site.