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37th FAO Conference

FAO's members will meet from 25 June - 2 July for the 37th biennial FAO Conference, the highest governing body of the Organization. The Conference will elect a new Director-General at this session.

The Conference will also declare that the world is free from the deadly cattle disease rinderpest. Ministers and high-level representatives will further discuss the State of Food and Agriculture and the role of women in agricultural development. The Conference will also approve FAO's budget for 2012-13. Over 100 ministers are expected to attend the conference.


KEY EVENTS

Election of new Director-General
The 37th Conference will elect the Director-General of FAO for the period 1 January 2012 to 31 July 2015. Voting will take place in a secret ballot by the organization's 191 member nations. Each country has one vote.

When: Sunday, 26 June 2011, 10.30h
Where: FAO Headquarters, Plenary Hall, Building A, 3rd floor


Address by candidates to the post of Director-General
The six candidates to the post of Director-General will address the Conference before the elections to outline their programmes. The candidates, each nominated by his government, are (listed in alphabetical order by country): Franz Fischler (Austria), José Graziano da Silva (Brazil), Indroyono Soesilo (Indonesia), Mohammad Saeid Noori Naeini (Iran, Islamic Republic of), Abdul Latif Rashid (Iraq) and Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé (Spain).

When:
Saturday, 25 June 2011, 16.30h (estimated timing) 
Where:
FAO Headquarters, Plenary Hall


Lecture by Kofi Annan
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will deliver the McDougall memorial lecture, addressing global food and nutrition security issues.

When:
Saturday, 25 June 2011, morning session, starting 09.30h
Where:
FAO Headquarters, Plenary Hall


Statement by Jacques Diouf
Director-General Jacques Diouf delivers his policy statement to the FAO Conference.

When:
Monday, 27 June 2011, 09.30h
Where: FAO Headquarters, Plenary Hall


Global Freedom from Rinderpest - Commemorative Ceremony
FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf will unveil a plaque to celebrate global freedom from rinderpest, a cattle virus and long-time threat to food security. The commemoration will take place in the presence of high-level representatives of member countries, partner agencies, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Nobel Prize-winner Peter Doherty and FAO Goodwill Ambassadors Mory Kanté, Anggun, Pierre Cardin and others.

When:
Saturday, 25 June 2011, 08.30h
Where:
FAO Headquarters, Plenary Hall


Adoption of FAO Declaration on Global Freedom from Rinderpest
FAO members will declare global freedom from rinderpest and will decide on follow-up measures to maintain world freedom. Peter C. Doherty, the Australian Nobel Laureate, will address the conference.

When:
Tuesday, 28 June 2011, 09.30h
Where:
FAO Headquarters, Plenary Hall 


EU, FAO, IFAD and WFP sign statement of intent
The European Commission, FAO, IFAD and WFP will sign a Statement of Intent on Programmatic Cooperation on Food Security and Nutrition to harmonize and coordinate the implementation of their goals related to food security and humanitarian food assistance. The statement will be signed by the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs and by the Heads of FAO, IFAD and WFP. Media interested in interviews should contact the FAO Media Relations Office.

When:
Monday, 27 June 2011, 13.00h
Where:
FAO, Iran Room, Building B


Additionally, a series of side-events will be taking place during the week of 27 June. Click here for more information.

 

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