Immediately prior to the Summit's Inaugural Ceremony, His Holiness Pope John Paul II addressed the assembly with a special message
Opening of the Summit
Welcome address by Mr. Francesco Rutelli, Mayor of Rome.
H.E. Romano Prodi, President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, was elected Chairman of the Summit by acclamation.
H.E. Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, President of the Italian Republic, underlined the significance of the Summit and welcomed to Italy all participants in this historic event.
Mr. Jacques Diouf, Director-General of FAO, emphasized the need for concrete measures to translate into action the decisions and commitments of the Summit.
H.E. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary-General of the United Nations, stressed its continuity with other high-level conferences organized by the United Nations.
Adoption of the Rome Declaration on World Food Security and World Food Summit Plan of Action
The Independent Chairman of the FAO Council, H.E. José Ramón López Portillo, delivered a statement to the Summit
The Chairman of the Committee on World Food Security, Ambassador Pedro Medrano Rojas, introduced the Rome Declaration on World Food Security and World Food Summit Plan of Action