FAO - Media Advisory
World Food Day events 2003
"International Alliance Against Hunger" is the theme of this year's World Food Day, 16 October. WFD marks the anniversary of the founding of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 16 October 1945 in Quebec City, Canada. WFD is observed in some 150 countries.
Here a list of the main events which are all open to the media. Accreditation will take place at the main entrance of FAO upon presentation of a valid press card.
Tuesday, 14 October
News Conference, Iran Room,
FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf will launch the AGORA Project. The project will provide 69 least developed countries with access to FAO data and analysis as well as electronic journals free of charge. FAO and its partners, such as Cornell University, the Rockefeller Foundation and Commercial Publishers will describe the project.
Wednesday, 15 October
FAO Ambassador's Round Table on Fighting Hunger, King Faisal Room
The FAO Ambassadors will play a major role in the discussion on the fight against hunger. The already nominated FAO Ambassadors expected to attend are:
Rita Levi Montalcini, Gina Lollobrigida, Magida al Roumi, Al Bano Carrrisi, Mory Kanté, Miriam Makeba, Massimo Ranieri, Dionne Warwick, Youssou N'Dour, Debbie Ferguson, the Associazione Nazionale Italiana Cantanti and possibly Roberto Baggio. The Ambassadors to be nominated on 16 October will also participate in the Round Table.
The Ambassadors will be joined by Italy's Minister for Agricultural and Forestry Policies, Mr. Giovanni Alemanno, Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni, the Director-General of Réseau France Outre-Mer (RFO), André-Michel Besse, the Secretary-General of the Prix Italia, Mr. Carlo Sartori, and the President of Prix Italia, Mr. James Graham. The discussion will be introduced by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf.
Ambassadors News Conference and Photo Opportunity
News Conference, interview and photo opportunity with the FAO Ambassadors.
Partnership signing ceremony between FAO and Réseau France Outre-mer-RFO (France's Overseas Radio and Television Network)
Mr. André-Michel Besse, President Director-General of RFO and FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf will sign a partnership agreement to strengthen relations between the two institutions and to promote the work of FAO around the world.
Thursday, 16 October
Appointment of New FAO Ambassadors
Four new FAO Ambassadors will be announced and introduced to the media.
Main World Food Day Ceremony, FAO Headquarters
FAO Director-General, Jacques Diouf will open the ceremony at which the President of Uruguay, Mr Jorge Luis Batlle Ibáñez will be Key Note Speaker.
Also speaking will be Italy's Minister for Agricultural and Forestry Policies, Giovanni Alemanno. Monsignor Renato Volante, the Holy See's permanent observer to FAO is expected to deliver a message from the Pope John Paul II.
Media Encounter with President Batlle Ibáñez,
Civil Society and NGO Event
A Civil Society meeting will be moderated by FAO Assistant Director-General Henri Carsalade. The presentations will include:
For further information please visit the World Food Day web site: http://www.fao.org/wfd/index_en.asp or call the Media Relations Office, (+39) 06 570 52519.