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FAO Council (CC-702)

Next Session Council - 165th Session - 30 November - 4 December 2020
Previous Sessions and documents Council - 164th Session - 6-10 July 2020
Council - 163rd Session - December 2019
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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 Rakesh Muthoo, Director, Governing Bodies Servicing (CSG)

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 Khalid Mehboob
Number of Members

49 Member Nations:

  • Afghanistan1
  • Andorra5
  • Angola3
  • Argentina3
  • Australia1
  • Azerbaijan6
  • Bahamas3
  • Belgium3
  • Brazil3
  • Burkina Faso3
  • Cameroon1
  • Canada3
  • China2
  • Congo2
  • Costa Rica4
  • Cuba1
  • Dominican Republic4
  • Egypt1
  • Equatorial Guinea2
  • Eritrea1
  • Germany1
  • Guinea3
  • India1
  • Indonesia14
  • Israel7
  • Italy8
  • Japan2
  • Jordan2
  • Kuwait3,9
  • Mexico3
  • Monaco1
  • Myanmar10
  • Nicaragua2
  • Pakistan1
  • Peru11
  • Qatar3
  • Republic of Korea2
  • Saudi Arabia1
  • South Africa1
  • South Sudan4
  • Spain12
  • Sri Lanka2
  • Sweden1
  • Thailand1, 13
  • Tunisia1
  • Uganda15
  • United Kingdom1
  • United States of America3
  • Zimbabwe3


1 Term of office: 1 July 2020 – end of the 43rd Session of the Conference (2023)
2 Term of office: 1 July 2018 – end of the 42nd Session of Conference (2021)
3 Term of office: end of the 41st Session of the Conference (June 2019) to 30 June 2022
4 Term of office: end of the 41st Session of the Conference (June 2019) to end of the 42nd Session of the Conference (July 2021)
5 Andorra replaced North Macedonia from 1 July 2019 to the end of the 42nd Conference (July 2021)
6 Azerbaijan replaced Estonia from 1 July 2019 to the end of the of 42nd Session of the Conference (July 2021)
7 Israel replaced Austria from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2022
8 Italy replaced France 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2022
9 Sudan to replace Kuwait from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2022.
10 Myanmar replaced the Philippines from 1 January 2020 to the end of the 42nd Session of the Conference (2021)
11 Peru replaced Chile from the end of the 41st Session of the Conference (2019) to the end of the 42nd Session of the Conference (July 2021)
12 Spain replaced the Russian Federation from 1 July 2020 to the end of the 42nd Session of the Conference
13 Malaysia will replace Thailand from 1 January 2022 to the end of the 43rd Session of the Conference
14 Indonesia replaced Viet Nam from1 January 2020 to the end of the 42nd Session of the Conference
15 Deemed to have resigned in accordance with Rule XXII.7 GRO

 

* The composition of the Council membership for the 164th Session was maintained as that foreseen for the Session as originally scheduled on 8-12 June 2020 (see CL 164/2, para 25). 

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 Governing Bodies Servicing (CSG)
Contact information/email

[email protected]

First Session Washington, 4-11 November 1947