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Norms and Standard Setting

FAO plays a key convenor and facilitator role in the negotiation and implementation of international codes of conduct, safety and quality standards for food and other commodities, and global conventions and regulatory frameworks in areas related to FAO’s mandate (e.g. Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries; International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests). Over the years, and as agreed by Members where required, both private sector organizations and civil society organizations have provided their views as observers, which has been useful to inform the standard setting process. As agreed upon by Members, the private sector and civil society have a consultative role and are excluded from decision-making on policy development or standard setting In order to safeguard FAO’s intergovernmental nature, its independence and impartiality in decision-making.