APPENDIX TO CL 115/19-JM98/INF/4



JOINT MEETING OF THE

EIGHTIETH SESSION OF THE PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
AND THE
NINETIETH SESSION OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE

Rome, 23 September 1998

SAVINGS AND EFFICIENCIES IN GOVERNANCE:
IMPLEMENTATION OF CONFERENCE RESOLUTION 13/97:
REVIEW OF FAO STATUTORY BODIES

 

Table of Contents


 

Progress Report

ANNEX A

ANNEX B

ANNEX C

ANNEX D 

 


Progress Report

1. The Joint Meeting of the Seventy-ninth Session of the Programme Committee and the Eighty-ninth Session of the Finance Committee (Rome, 6 May 1998) noted that under the standing item on "Savings and Efficiencies in Governance" the Secretariat would submit a first progress report on the implementation of Conference Resolution 13/97 "Review of Statutory Bodies" to the September 1998 Session of the Joint Meeting (see document CL 115/4,
paragraph 13).

2. The attached table includes:

3. A further report will be submitted to the Hundred Sixteenth Session of the Council (Rome, 14-19 June 1999) through the Programme and Finance Committees in May of that year in the light of the outcome of consultations with parent bodies and other organizations, as well as of parent bodies that may have met during the first semester of 1999.


ANNEX A

GLOBAL BODIES
COMMISSION AND COMMITTEES ACTION TAKEN
Commission on Fertilizers (FERT) Session programming cancellation forms prepared and sent to Chief, GICM on
12 January 1998.
FAO Olive Production Committee (OP) Abolished by effect of Resolution 13/97. Members have been advised accordingly.
FAO Fertilizer Industry Advisory Committee of Experts (FIAC) Session programming cancellation forms prepared and sent to Chief, GICM on
12 January 1998.
Panel of Experts on Improved Weed Management Abolished by effect of Resolution 13/97. Members have been advised accordingly.
Panel of Experts on Agricultural Engineering Abolished by effect of Resolution 13/97. Members have been advised accordingly.
FAO Statistics Advisory Committee of Experts (SAC) Abolished by effect of Resolution 13/97. Members have been advised accordingly.
Consultative Group on Tropical Forests Action Programme Abolished by effect of Resolution 5/97. This body was established by the Council in 1993, but never held a meeting. No further action is therefore required.
FAO Advisory Committee on Forestry Education (ACFE) Abolished by effect of Resolution 5/97. This Committee held its last meeting in 1996 and one third of the membership holds office until 1999. All members have been sent letters on
25 June 1998 informing them of the Conference decision.
REGIONAL BODIES
COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES
Committe on Forest Development in the Tropics (FDT) This Committee held its last meeting in 1991. It has de facto been inactive since that date. No action is therefore required.
Commission on African Animal Trypanosomiasis The Commission and two associate Panels of Experts were abolished by Resolution 5/97 and have evolved into the Programme on African Animal Trypanosomiasis (PAAT) which was given formal recognition by the Conference in the same Resolution. The Commission was informed of its dissolution during its Fourteenth Session (Ho Chi Minh City,
Viet Nam, 2-5 December 1997).

ACTION TAKEN
Regional Commission on Farm Management for Asia and the Far East Abolished by effect of Resolution 13/97. Members have been advised accordingly.
Regional Commission on Food Security for Asia and the Pacific Abolished as per Resolution 13/97. Members have been advised accordingly.
Regional Fisheries Advisory Commission for South-West Atlantic (CARPAS) Abolished as per Resolution 13/97. Members have been advised accordingly.
Near East Regional Economic and Social Policy Commission (ESPC/NE) Abolished as per Resolution 13/97. Members have been advised accordingly.
EXPERT COMMITTEES AND PANELS
Panel of Experts on Development Aspects of African Tryapanosomiasis Control Programme See entry on Commission on African Animal Trypanosomiasis above.
Panel of Experts on Ecological/Technical Aspects of Programme for Control of African Animal Trypanosomiasis and Related Development See entry on Commission on African Animal Trypanosomiasis above.

ANNEX B

GLOBAL BODIES
COMMISSION AND COMMITTEES ACTION TAKEN
Working Group of FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGFRA) This question will be dealt with by the Eighth Session of the CGFRA (Spring 1999).
Sub-Group on Rice Grading and Standardization of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP:R) This question will be dealt with by the
Sixty-second Session of the Committee on Commodity Problems under Agenda Item 4 (Rome, 11-15 January 1999).
Sub-Group on Statistics of Inter-governmental Group on Oilseeds, Oils and Fats of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP:OF) This question will be dealt with by the
Sixty-second Session of the Committee on Commodity Problems under Agenda Item 4 (Rome, 11-15 January 1999).
Inter-governmental Group on Cocoa of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP:CC) This question will be dealt with by the
Sixty-second Session of the Committee on Commodity Problems under Agenda Item 4 (Rome, 11-15 January 1999).
Sub-Group on Cocoa Grading of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP:CC) This question will be dealt with by the
Sixty-second Session of the Committee on Commodity Problems under Agenda Item 4 (Rome, 11-15 January 1999).
Advisory Working Party on Hard Fibre Research of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP:HF) This question will be dealt with by the
Sixty-second Session of the Committee on Commodity Problems under Agenda Item 4 (Rome, 11-15 January 1999).
Sub-Group on Statistics of Inter-governmental Group on Bananas of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP:BA) This question will be dealt with by the
Sixty-second Session of the Committee on Commodity Problems under Agenda Item 4 (Rome, 11-15 January 1999).
Sub-Group of Exporters of Inter-governmental Group on Bananas of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP:BA) This question will be dealt with by the
Sixty-second Session of the Committee on Commodity Problems under Agenda Item 4 (Rome, 11-15 January 1999).
Steering Sub-Group of Inter-governmental Group on Citrus Fruit of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP:CI) This question will be dealt with by the
Sixty-second Session of the Committee on Commodity Problems under Agenda Item 4 (Rome, 11-15 January 1999).
Inter-governmental Group on Wine and Vine Products of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP:WI) This question will be dealt with by the
Sixty-second Session of the Committee on Commodity Problems under Agenda Item 4 (Rome, 11-15 January 1999).

ACTION TAKEN
Sub-Group of Exporters of Inter-governmental Group on Tea of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP:TE) This question will be dealt with by the
Sixty-second Session of the Committee on Commodity Problems under Agenda Item 4 (Rome, 11-15 January 1999).
Sub-Group on Promotion of Inter-governmental Group on Tea of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP:TE) This question will be dealt with by the
Sixty-second Session of the Committee on Commodity Problems under Agenda Item 4 (Rome, 11-15 January 1999).
Sub-Group on Statistics of Inter-governmental Group on Tea of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP:TE) This question will be dealt with by the
Sixty-second Session of the Committee on Commodity Problems under Agenda Item 4 (Rome, 11-15 January 1999).
Sub-Committee on Programmes to Assist Developing Coastal States in Managing and Developing Fisheries in their Economic Zones (COFI:EEZ) At its Twenty-third Session (Rome,
15-19 February 1999) COFI will be requested to formally abolish this Body, which last met in 1976.
COFI Sub-Committee on Fishery Education and Training (FET) At its Twenty-third Session (Rome,
15-19 February 1999) COFI will be requested to formally abolish this Body, which last met in 1973.
EXPERT COMMITTEES AND PANELS
Ad Hoc Working Party on Fertilizer Statistics of the FAO/Fertilizer Industry Advisory Committee of Experts (FIAC) Considered to be abolished by Resolution 13/97, as the main Body, FIAC (listed in Annex A thereof) was abolished.
Sub-Committee of Ad Hoc Working Party on Fertilizer Statistics of the FAO/Fertilizer Industry Advisory Committee of Experts (FIAC) Considered to be abolished by Resolution 13/97, as the main Body, FIAC (listed in Annex A thereof) was abolished.
Ad Hoc Working Party on Fertilizer Marketing and Credit of the FAO/Fertilizer Industry Advisory Committee of Experts (FIAC) Considered to be abolished by Resolution 13/97, as the main Body, FIAC (listed in Annex A thereof) was abolished.
Technical Sub-Committee of the FAO/Fertilizer Industry Advisory Committee of Experts Considered to be abolished by Resolution 13/97, as the main Body, FIAC (listed in Annex A thereof) was abolished.
Ad Hoc Working Party on Economics of Fertilizer Use of the FAO/Fertilizer Industry Advisory Committee of Experts (FIAC) Considered to be abolished by Resolution 13/97, as the main Body, FIAC (listed in Annex A thereof) was abolished.
Group on Registration Requirements of the Panel of Experts on Pesticide Specifications, Registration Requirements, Application Standards and Joint FAO/UNEP Group of Experts on Prior Informed Consent (PIC) The Parent Body, the Panel of Experts on Pesticide Specifications, Registration Requirements and Application Standards and Prior Informed Consent (PIC), will consider abolition this biennium.

ACTION TAKEN
Group on Pesticides Specifications of the Panel of Experts on Pesticide Specifications, Registration Requirements, Application Standards and Joint FAO/UNEP Group of Experts on Prior Informed Consent (PIC) The Parent Body, the Panel of Experts on Pesticide Specifications, Registration Requirements and Application Standards and Prior Informed Consent (PIC), will consider abolition this biennium.
Group on Application Standards of the Panel of Experts on Pesticide Specifications, Registration Requirements, Application Standards and Joint FAO/UNEP Group of Experts on Prior Informed Consent (PIC) The Parent Body, the Panel of Experts on Pesticide Specifications, Registration Requirements and Application Standards and Prior Informed Consent (PIC), will consider abolition this biennium.
REGIONAL BODIES
COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES
Working Party on Aquaculture of Committee for Inland Fisheries of Africa (CIFA) CIFA agreed to eliminate this Working Party at its Tenth Session (Akosombo, Ghana,
24-27 November 1997).
Working Party on Stock Assessment of Committee for Inland Fisheries of Africa (CIFA) CIFA agreed to eliminate this Working Party at its Tenth Session (Akosombo, Ghana,
24-27 November 1997).
Working Party on Floodplain Fisheries of Committee for Inland Fisheries of Africa (CIFA) CIFA agreed to eliminate this Working Party at its Tenth Session (Akosombo, Ghana,
24-27 November 1997).
Sub-Committee for the Development and Management of Fisheries of Lake Victoria (CIFA) CIFA agreed to eliminate this Working Party at its Tenth Session (Akosombo, Ghana,
24-27 November 1997).
Working Party on Pollution and Fisheries of Committee for Inland Fisheries of Africa (CIFA) CIFA agreed to eliminate this Working Party at its Tenth Session (Akosombo, Ghana,
24-27 November 1997).
Sub-Committee for Protection and Development of Fisheries in the Sahelian Zone (CIFA) CIFA wished to retain this Sub-Committee
at its Tenth Session (Akosombo, Ghana,
24-27 November 1997). It agreed that members would provide financial and technical support to the budget and work of the Committee from national budgets.

ACTION TAKEN
Working Party on Wildlife Management and National Parks of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (AFWC) The Twelfth Session of the Working Party (Dakar, Senegal, 9-11 April 1998) recommended (a) strengthening the wildlife and protected area conservation aspects of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission programme; (b) maintaining the Working Party while: (i) revising its mandate to include protected areas and the entire problem of conserving biological diversity within ecosystems; (ii) changing its name to Working Party on Wildlife and Protected Area Management; and (iii) promoting fund-raising to further exchange information and research activities between sessions. The Eleventh Session of AFWC (Dakar, Senegal,
14-17 April 1998) adopted the recommendations formulated by the Working Party.
Joint Working Party on Fish Technology and Marketing of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) This recommendation will be discussed by APFIC at its Twenty-sixth Session (Beijing, China, 28-30 September 1998).
Working Party on Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) This recommendation will be discussed by APFIC at its Twenty-sixth Session (Beijing, China, 28-30 September 1998).
Working Party on Marine Fisheries of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) This recommendation will be discussed by APFIC at its Twenty-sixth Session (Beijing, China, 28-30 September 1998).
Joint Working Party on Fishery Statistics and Economics of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) This recommendation will be discussed by APFIC at its Twenty-sixth Session (Beijing, China, 28-30 November 1998).
Working Party on Fishery Resources of the Commission for Inland Fisheries of Latin America (COPESCAL) Expected to be abolished by the Eighth Session of COPESCAL (Belem, Brazil,
11-15 August 1998).
Working Party on Fishery Technology of the Commission for Inland Fisheries for Latin America (COPESCAL) Expected to be abolished by the Eighth Session of COPESCAL (Belem, Brazil,
11-15 August 1998).
Working Party on Aquaculture of the Commission for Inland Fisheries for Latin America (COPESCAL) Expected to be abolished by the Eighth Session of COPESCAL (Belem, Brazil,
11-15 August 1998).
Committee on Forestry Research of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC) The future of this Committee is on the agenda of the Twelfth Session of LAFC (Havana, Cuba, 10-14 September 1998).

ACTION TAKEN
Sub-Com I: Working Party on Introduction of Exotic Species into Europe of the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission (EIFAC) This Working Party, which operated at the expense of its members, was abolished by EIFAC during its Twentieth Session (Algarve, Portugal, 22 June - 1 July 1998).
Sub-Com I: Working Party on Fishing Gear Selectivity of the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission (EIFAC) This Working Party, which operated at the expense of its members, was abolished by EIFAC during its Twentieth Session (Algarve, Portugal, 22 June - 1 July 1998).
Sub-Com I: Working Party on Crayfish of the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission (EIFAC) This Working Party, which operated at the expense of its members, was abolished by EIFAC during its Twentieth Session (Algarve, Portugal, 22 June - 1 July 1998).
Sub-Com I: Working Party on Eel of the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission (EIFAC) This Working Party, which operated at the expense of its members, was abolished by EIFAC during its Twentieth Session (Algarve, Portugal, 22 June - 1 July 1998).
Sub-Com I: Working Party on Aging of Coarse Fish of the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission (EIFAC) This Working Party, which operated at the expense of its members, was abolished by EIFAC during its Twentieth Session (Algarve, Portugal, 22 June - 1 July 1998).
Sub-Com I: Working Party on Stocking of the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission (EIFAC) This Working Party, which operated at the expense of its members, was abolished by EIFAC during its Twentieth Session (Algarve, Portugal, 22 June - 1 July 1998).
Sub-Com I: Working Party on Fishery Resources of the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission (EIFAC) This Working Party, which operated at the expense of its members, was abolished by EIFAC during its Twentieth Session (Algarve, Portugal, 22 June - 1 July 1998).
Sub-Com I: Working Party on Brackish Water Fisheries & Aquaculture of the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission (EIFAC) This Working Party, which operated at the expense of its members, was abolished by EIFAC during its Twentieth Session (Algarve, Portugal, 22 June - 1 July 1998).
Sub-Com. II: Working Party on the Influence of Fisheries Management Practices on Environment of the European Fishery Advisory Commission (EIFAC) This Working Party, which operated at the expense of its members, was abolished by EIFAC during its Twentieth Session (Algarve, Portugal, 22 June - 1 July 1998).
Sub-Com II: Working Party on Aquatic Resources Management in Aquaculture of the European Fishery Advisory Commission (EIFAC) This Working Party, which operated at the expense of its members, was abolished by EIFAC during its Twentieth Session (Algarve, Portugal, 22 June - 1 July 1998).
Sub-Com II: Working Party on Fish Diseases & Withdrawal Period for Drugs of the European Fishery Advisory Commission (EIFAC) This Working Party, which operated at the expense of its members, was abolished by EIFAC during its Twentieth Session (Algarve, Portugal, 22 June - 1 July 1998).

ACTION TAKEN
Sub-Com III: Working Party on the Prevention & Control of Bird Predation of the European Fishery Advisory Commission (EIFAC) This Working Party, which operated at the expense of its members, was abolished by EIFAC during its Twentieth Session (Algarve, Portugal, 22 June - 1 July 1998).
Sub-Com III: Working Party on Fish-Farm Effluents of the European Fishery Advisory Commission (EIFAC) This Working Party, which operated at the expense of its members, was abolished by EIFAC during its Twentieth Session (Algarve, Portugal, 22 June - 1 July 1998).
Sub-Com III: Working Party on Effects of Physical Modifications of Aquatic Habitat on Fish Population of the European Fishery Advisory Commission (EIFAC) This Working Party, which operated at the expense of its members, was abolished by EIFAC during its Twentieth Session (Algarve, Portugal, 22 June - 1 July 1998).
Working Party on Management of Mountain Watersheds of the European Forestry Commission (EFC) The future of this Working Party is on the Agenda of the Twenty-ninth Session of EFC (Lathi, Finland, 19-23 October 1998).
Working Party on Fisheries Economics & Statistics of the General Fisheries Council for the Mediterranean (GFCM) The Twenty-second Session of GFCM (October 1997) decided to maintain only two Subsidiary Bodies: the Scientific Advisory Committee and the Committee on Aquaculture. All other Bodies, including this Working Party, were abolished.
Working Party on Artificial Reefs & Mariculture of the General Fisheries Council for the Mediterranean (GFCM) The Twenty-second Session of GFCM (October 1997) decided to maintain only two Subsidiary Bodies: the Scientific Advisory Committee and the Committee on Aquaculture. All other Bodies, including this Working Party, were abolished.
Working Party on Fisheries Statistics of the Regional Fisheries Advisory Commission for the Southwest Atlantic (CARPAS) Considered to be abolished by Resolution 13/97, as the main body, CARPAS (listed in Annex A thereof) was abolished.
Ad Hoc Working Party on Fishery Economic Development in South-West Atlantic of the Regional Fisheries Advisory Commission for the Southwest Atlantic (CARPAS) Considered to be abolished by Resolution 13/97, as the main body, CARPAS (listed in Annex A thereof) was abolished.
Working Party on Biological Research & Evaluation of Fisheries Resources of the Regional Fisheries Advisory Commission for the Southwest Atlantic (CARPAS) Considered to be abolished by Resolution 13/97, as the main body, CARPAS (listed in Annex A thereof) was abolished.
ACMRR/CARPAS Joint Working Party on Scientific Evaluation of State of Stocks in Southwest Atlantic Considered to be abolished by Resolution 13/97, as the main body, CARPAS (listed in Annex A thereof) was abolished.

ACTION TAKEN
Commission for Management of Indian Ocean Tuna of the Indian Ocean Fishery Commission (IOFC) The Fourteenth Session of IOFC (Rome,
17 February 1999) is expected to abolish its four subsidiary bodies, including this body, and will recommend to the Council that IOFC itself be abolished.
Working Party on Assessment of Marine Fishery Resources of the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) This matter will be discussed at the Ninth Session of WECAFC (St. Lucia, West Indies, July 1999).
Working Party on Fishery Economics & Planning of the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) This matter will be discussed at the Ninth Session of the WECAFC (St. Lucia, West Indies, July 1999).
Sub-Committee on Management of Resources within Limits of National Jurisdiction of the Fishery Committee for Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF) The Tenth Session of the Sub-Committee
(Lomé, Togo, 8-11 December 1997) advised that CECAF considered maintaining its status quo as a body under Article VI of the FAO Constitution and proposed the establishment of a very simple structure for CECAF, consisting of the Committee and a Scientific
Sub-Committee on Resources Evaluation. CECAF is expected to endorse this recommendation at its Fourteenth Session (Nouakchott, Mauritania, 6-9 September 1998) and this would imply that all the other Subsidiary Bodies would be abolished.
Sub-Committee on Fishery Development of the Fishery Committee for Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF) Expected to be abolished by the Fourteenth Session of CECAF (Nouakchott, Mauritania,
6-9 September 1998).
Working Party on Resources Evaluation of the Fishery Committee for Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF) Expected to be abolished by the Fourteenth Session of CECAF (Nouakchott, Mauritania,
6-9 September 1998).
Working Party on Fishery Statistics of the Fishery Committee for Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF) Expected to be abolished by the Fourteenth Session of CECAF (Nouakchott, Mauritania,
6-9 September 1998).

ACTION TAKEN
Research Group on the Standing Technical Committee of the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EUFMD) The Organization is requesting an exemption from the abolition of this Research Group. Although the Secretariat of the EUFMD is situated in FAO, the EUFMD is fully funded by its 33 Members and has its own operational budget of US $320,000. The Research Group is also funded by the EUFMD and has provided technical guidance to the Commission since its creation in the mid-1950s. As this is an active Commission carrying no financial implications for FAO, with recommendations and information from its reports being very pertinent to FAO’s work, the Organization requests a waiver of the decision to abolish the Research group in conformity with para. 2 of Resolution 13/97 which allows for the possibility of retaining a Subsidiary Body.

 


ANNEX C

GLOBAL BODIES
COMMISSION AND COMMITTEES ACTION TAKEN
Joint ECE(UN)/Codex Alimentarius Group of Experts on Standardization of Quick Frozen Food Abolished by the Forty-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (3-5 June 1998), subject to Confirmation by the Twenty-third Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 1999.
Joint ECE(UN)/Codex Alimentarius Group of Experts on Standardization of Fruit Juices Abolished by the Forty-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (3-5 June 1998), subject to Confirmation by the Twenty-third Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 1999.
EXPERT COMMITTEES AND PANELS
FAO/UNEP Panel of Experts on Integrated Pest Control UNEP will be contacted about this proposed abolition. No sessions have been scheduled for the present biennium.
Joint FAO/UNEP Panel of Experts on Animal Genetic Resources Conservation and Management This Panel has not met since 1992 and was not required under the Global Strategy as supported by COAG and Council in 1995. Such advice was conveyed to the Joint Meeting of the Programme and Finance Committees and to Council in 1998. No other action has been taken.
FAO/IAEA Panel of Experts on Nuclear Techniques in Soil Fertility, Irrigation and Crop Production Studies IAEA will be contacted about this proposed abolition.
FAO/IAEA Panel of Experts on the Radiation Preservation of Food IAEA will be contacted about this proposed abolition.
FAO/IAEA Panel of Experts on the Use of Isotope and Irradiation in Entomology and Related Fields IAEA will be contacted about this proposed abolition.
FAO/IAEA Panel of Experts on Application of Mutations and Tracers in Modern Genetics for Plant Breeding IAEA will be contacted about this proposed abolition.
FAO/IAEA Panel of Experts on the Application of Nuclear Techniques in Animal Science IAEA will be contacted about this proposed abolition.
FAO/IAEA Panel of Experts on Isotope-aided Studies of Agrochemicals and Residues IAEA will be contacted about this proposed abolition.

ACTION TAKEN
FAO/Unesco/ILO Joint Advisory Committee on Agricultural Education, Science and Training The Organization is consulting with Unesco and ILO on the future of this Body.
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Nutrition (FAO/WHO/NU) While there have not been any formal meetings for some time, the Organization and WHO would prefer to retain this Committee on the list. There are continuing meetings of FAO/WHO Expert Groups on various topics, and the Expert Committee on Nutrition could still be used as a mechanism for formal discussions about joint work from time to time.
IMO/FAO/Unesco - IOC/WMO/WHO/UN/UNEP Joint Group of Experts on Scientific Aspects of Marine Environment Protection (GESAMP) As this is an inter-agency consultative body, it is to be delisted as a Statutory Body, not discontinued.
Working Group on Impacts of Coastal Aquaculture (GESAMP) The Fisheries Department has agreed that the activities formerly undertaken by the Working Group will now be undertaken through E-mail, teleconference and ad hoc working groups, as appropriate.
Task Force on Integrated Coastal Area Development (GESAMP) This Task Force has finalized its work and its study report has already been published. The Task Force therefore no longer exists.
REGIONAL BODIES
COMMISSION AND COMMITTEES
Joint FAO/WHO/OAU Regional Food and Nutrition Commission for Africa (FAO/WHO/FNAC) Since this Commission has been inactive for some time, ESN has contacted the Regional Office for Africa and agreement has been reached for it to be abolished.
FAO/ECE Working Party on Economics of the Agri-Food Sector & Farm Management (ECA) The Organization has been advised by UN/ECE that they are in agreement to abolish this Working Party.
FAO/ECE Working Party on Relations Between Agriculture & Environment (ECA) The Organization has been advised by UN/ECE that they are in agreement to abolish this Working Party.

ACTION TAKEN
FAO/ECE/CES Study Group on Food and Agricultural Statistics in Europe The Organization, in consultation with UN/ECE and CES feels that this Study Group plays an important role in the development of food and agricultural statistics in Europe. The involvement of the CES in organizing the work of the Study Group keeps costs to FAO low and limited to its participation to the meetings and the preparation of background papers which would have to be prepared anyway. This is the most economic way for FAO to obtain reliable and commonly accepted agricultural statistical data in the European Region, and it would be advisable to maintain this mechanism with further economies sought in connection with FAO participation in its meetings.

 


ANNEX D


ACTION TAKEN
Codex Committee on Cocoa Products and Chocolate The Forty-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (3-5 June 1998) requested the Host Government Secretariat of this Body to inform the Codex Alimentarius Commission of its intentions in regard to future work, so that the Commission may take an informed decision on these matters at its next session (1999).
Codex Committee on Sugars The Forty-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (3-5 June 1998) requested the Host Government Secretariat of this Body to inform the Codex Alimentarius Commission of its intentions in regard to future work, so that the Commission may take an informed decision on these matters at its next session (1999).
Codex Committee on Processed Fruit and Vegetables The Forty-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (3-5 June 1998) requested the Host Government Secretariat of this Body to inform the Codex Alimentarius Commission of its intentions in regard to future work, so that the Commission may take an informed decision on these matters at its next session (1999).
Codex Committee on Meat Hygiene The Forty-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (3-5 June 1998) requested the Host Government Secretariat of this Body to inform the Codex Alimentarius Commission of its intentions in regard to future work, so that the Commission may take an informed decision on these matters at its next session (1999).

ACTION TAKEN
Codex Committee on Processed Meat and Poultry Products The Forty-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (3-5 June 1998) requested the Host Government Secretariat of this Body to inform the Codex Alimentarius Commission of its intentions in regard to future work, so that the Commission may take an informed decision on these matters at its next session (1999).
Codex Committee on Edible Ices Abolished by the Codex Alimentarius Commission at its Twenty-second session in 1997.
Codex Committee on Soups and Broths The Forty-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (3-5 June 1998) requested the Host Government Secretariat of this Body to inform the Codex Alimentarius Commission of its intentions in regard to future work, so that the Commission may take an informed decision on these matters at its next session (1999).
Codex Committee on Cereals, Pulses and Legumes The Forty-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (3-5 June 1998) requested the Host Government Secretariat of this Body to inform the Codex Alimentarius Commission of its intentions in regard to future work, so that the Commission may take an informed decision on these matters at its next session (1999).
Codex Committee on Vegetables Proteins The Forty-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (3-5 June 1998) requested the Host Government Secretariat of this Body to inform the Codex Alimentarius Commission of its intentions in regard to future work, so that the Commission may take an informed decision on these matters at its next session (1999).