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UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION'S GOVERNING COUNCIL AGREES TO MOVE THE WORLD FOOD SUMMIT: five years later TO RIMINI, ITALY


Rome, 3 October 2001 - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will switch the long planned World Food Summit: five years later from its Rome Headquarters to Rimini on the eastern coast of Italy. In a statement released today, the Organization said: The Director-General has the honour to inform all Members of the Organization that the majority of the Members of the Council have agreed to the proposal to hold the Summit in Rimini instead of Rome. Consequently, the part of the Organization's Conference proceedings from 5 to 9 November 2001, which includes the World Food Summit: five years later and related events, will be held in Rimini, at the Fiera di Rimini.

FAO said it would provide additional information on arrangements for the Conference and the Summit as soon as possible.

Originally the World Food Summit: five years later was scheduled for FAO Headquarters in Rome as part of the Organization's biennial governing Conference. But, in view of exceptional circumstances, the Italian government proposed that FAO move its Summit out of Rome. After considering several alternate locations, the Italian government proposed that the Summit be moved to Rimini. The proposal was then submitted to the 48 member countries of the FAO Council.

The World Food Summit: five years later was called for by the FAO Council, when it became clear that the original Summit goal of cutting the number of hungry in half by the year 2015 would not be met without renewed effort. In light of recent global events and a worsening economic picture, FAO believes the plight of the hungry may grow even worse requiring a major recommitment from Heads of State and Government to press forward with renewed effort to reduce the number of hungry people in the world.

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