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ITALY PROPOSES RIMINI TO HOST
THE WORLD FOOD SUMMIT: FIVE YEARS LATER -
FAO COUNCIL TO DECIDE


Rome, 24 September - The Italian Government has formally proposed to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that the World Food Summit: five years later should be held in the Adriatic resort town of Rimini from 5 to 9 November 2001, FAO said today.

In a letter addressed to FAO Director-General, Dr. Jacques Diouf, from the Prime Minister's office, the Italian Government expressed its willingness to bear the additional financial costs resulting from the move of the Summit to Rimini. Italy proposed that an agreement should be signed with FAO in this respect.

The Italian proposal has been forwarded to the members of the FAO governing Council. A decision is expected by the beginning of next week.

The purpose of the World Food Summit: five years later is to review the progress made towards the eradication of hunger and to raise both the political will and the financial resources to accelerate the fight against hunger.

At the World Food Summit in 1996, representatives of 185 nations and the European Community pledged to work towards eradicating hunger. As an essential first step, they set a target of reducing the number of hungry people - still more than 800 million - by half by 2015.

Unfortunately, current data indicate that the number of undernourished is falling at a rate of only 8 million each year, far below the average rate of 20 million per year needed to reach the World Food Summit target. Although headway has been made and some striking success stories exist in individual countries and communities, much remains to be done, FAO said.

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