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Legal Framework
Article of Constitution

Article V

Origin

Established by the Conference at its Third Session (1947) to replace the original "Executive Committee of FAO" in accordance with a recommendation of the Preparatory Commission on World Food Proposals.

Rules of Procedure

See Basic Texts, Vol I - Section B, General Rules of the Organization and
Section D, Rules of Procedure of the Council of FAO

Category Cat.1
Purpose

The Council, within the limits of the powers delegated to it by the Conference, acts as the Conference's executive organ between sessions. In particular, it exercises functions dealing with the world food and agriculture situation and related matters, current and prospective activities of the Organization, including its Programme of Work and Budget, administrative matters and financial management of the Organization and constitutional matters (Rule XXIV of the General Rules of the Organization).

The Council may establish Commissions, Committees and Working Parties under Article VI of the Constitution and approve, for submission to Member Nations, Agreements provided for under Article XIV.2 of the Constitution (Rule XXIV.4(a) and (b) of the General Rules of the Organization).

Note on methods of work of the Council

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Secretary-General

Mr Louis Gagnon, Director, Conference, Council and Protocol Affairs Division (CPA)

Membership

An Independent Chairperson, appointed by the Conference for two years, renewable for a further period of two years (Article V.2 of the Constitution and Rule XXIII of the General Rules of the Organization). Forty-nine Member Nations elected for three years, with arrangements for staggering expiry of terms of office, and each Member having one representative.

Chairperson Mr Wilfred J. Ngirwa
Number of Members

49 Member Nations:

  • Afghanistan 2
  • Algeria 2
  • Angola 1
  • Argentina 1
  • Australia 2
  • Brazil 1
  • Cameroon 2
  • Canada 1
  • Chile 3
  • China 3
  • Congo 3
  • Cuba 1
  • Cyprus 3
  • Czech Republic 2
  • Ecuador 2
  • Egypt 2
  • Equatorial Guinea 3
  • Ethiopia 3
  • France 2
  • Hungary 1
  • Iceland 2
  • India 2
  • Indonesia 3
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of) 1
  • Iraq 1
  • Italy 2
  • Japan 3
  • Kuwait 3
  • Liberia 1
  • Madagascar 1
  • Malaysia 2
  • Mali 2
  • Mexico 1
  • Morocco 1
  • Nicaragua 3
  • Pakistan 2
  • Republic of Korea 3
  • Russian Federation 1
  • San Marino 3
  • Saudi Arabia 2
  • South Africa 1
  • Spain 3
  • Sri Lanka 3
  • Thailand 3
  • Trinidad and Tobago 1
  • Turkey 1
  • United States of America 1
  • Venezuela (Bolivarian
    Republic of) 3
  • Zimbabwe 2

 

1 Term of office: end of the 38th Session of the Conference to 30 June 2016.
2 Term of office: 1 July 2014 to the end of the 40th Session of the Conference (June 2017).
3 Term of office: end of the 39th Session of Conference to 30 June 2018.

Current term of office

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Languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish
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Frequency of Sessions Normally holds at least five sessions in a biennium
Division Conference, Council and Protocol Affairs Division (CPA)
Contact information/email

FAO-Council@fao.org

First Session Washington, 4-11 November 1947