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Legal Framework
Article of Constitution

Article V


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

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


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 Khalid Mehboob
Number of Members

49 Member Nations:

  • Afghanistan3
  • Algeria3
  • Argentina2
  • Australia3
  • Benin2
  • Brazil2
  • Bulgaria3
  • Cabo Verde3
  • Cameroon3
  • Canada2
  • Chile1
  • China1
  • Congo1
  • Côte d'Ivoire2
  • Ecuador3
  • Egypt3
  • Equatorial Guinea1
  • Estonia4
  • Ethiopia1
  • Finland3
  • Germany2
  • India3
  • Indonesia1
  • Italy3
  • Japan1
  • Kenya2
  • Kuwait1
  • Lesotho2
  • Mexico2
  • Montenegro2
  • Nicaragua1
  • Pakistan3
  • Philippines5
  • Qatar2
  • Republic of Korea1
  • Romania2
  • Saudi Arabia3
  • South Africa3
  • Spain3
  • Sri Lanka1
  • Sudan2
  • Thailand3
  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia4
  • Trinidad and Tobago2
  • United Kingdom6
  • United States of America2
  • Uruguay2
  • Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)4
  • Zambia2


1 Term of office: end of the 39th Session of Conference to 30 June 2018
2 Term of office: 1 July 2016 – end of the 41st Session of Conference (June 2019)
3 Term of office: end of the 40th Session of the Conference to 30 June 2020
4 Term of office: end of the 40th Session of the Conference to 30 June 2018
5 The Philippines replaced Thailand from 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2018
6 The United Kingdom replaced Spain from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018

Current term of office

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

First Session Washington, 4-11 November 1947