Director-General welcomes evaluation of FAO
Draft report released this week
Rome, 24 August 2007- FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf today welcomed the Independent External Evaluation of FAO (IEE) as a significant and historic effort to improve the Organization’s work in helping countries fight hunger and malnutrition and achieve food security. This week the Evaluation team released a first working draft of its report.
“The draft recognizes that change is a shared responsibility of the Secretariat and the Member Countries,” Diouf said. “It calls on the Secretariat to re-orient some programmes, improve administrative efficiency and restructure, and on Member Countries to improve the governance architecture and to provide a firmer and more stable financial base.”
The Director-General noted that the draft report recognizes that the FAO secretariat had cooperated fully with the IEE team, which has had access to staff at all levels, and said this cooperation would continue as the final report is prepared.
He added: “Since this is an ongoing consultative process, we will not be making public comment on the substance of the draft report until the final version is received in October. At that time, we will prepare a management response for consideration by the FAO Conference in November.”
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