CFS:96/22/INF.10 October 1996
Twenty-second Session
Rome, 28 - 30 October 1996



Organization of Work

1. Following the approval by the CFS of the Provisional Rules of Procedures for submission to the World Food Summit, the following procedural matters will need to be addressed by the Summit at the outset of its work:

2. Following the adoption of these Rules of Procedure, the Summit will:

3. In its Resolution 2/95 the Conference decided that the format of the Summit would allow for sequential statements by observers and government delegations, culminating in its second half with the delivery of statements by Heads of State or Government. In accordance with the Provisional Rules of Procedure, the speaking time for Heads of government delegations will be seven minutes and for observers four minutes. In order to accommodate the requests received and in line with the above Conference decision, the following schedule has been envisaged:

Wednesday 13 November Morning 9:00 - 13:00 Afternoon 15:00 - 21:00
Thursday 14 November Morning 8:30 - 13:00 Afternoon 15:00 - 21:00
Friday 15 November Morning 8:30 - 12:00 Afternoon 14:00 - 22:00
Saturday 16 November Morning 8:30 - 13:00 Afternoon 15:00 - 19:00
Sunday 17 November Morning 8:30 - 13:00 Afternoon 15:00 - 17:00

4. The opening of the Summit will take place on Wednesday 13 November morning with the following programme:

9:00All delegations should be in place as doors will be closed at 9:15
9:30-10:00Message from His Holiness Pope John Paul II
10:00-11:00Inaugural Ceremony
11:00Opening of the Summit and commencement of general debate

5. There will be no closing ceremony for the Summit. Instead, a press conference will be organized at the end of the Summit, on Sunday 17 November at approximately 17:30 with the participation of a group of Heads of State or Government from all regions.

6. The programme of activities, including the list of speakers, will be communicated on a day-to-day basis in the Summit daily journal. Updating will be provided on TV monitors in different parts of the Headquarters complex.

7. The CFS is invited to recommend to the World Food Summit the names of the six vice-chairmen, the seven countries members of the Credentials Committee and the proposed organization of the work of the Summit, as indicated above.


8. All delegations are requested to deposit with the Secretary-General of the World Food Summit the credentials of delegates, alternates and advisers not less than one week before the opening of the Summit. The credentials shall be issued by, or on behalf of, the Head of State, the Head of Government, or the Minister of Foreign Affairs in a form of a letter addressed to the Secretary-General of the Summit. Non signed documents such as Notes Verbales and Telegrams or non original documents such as facsimiles are considered not valid for this purpose.

9. It is proposed that the arrangements outlined above be circulated to all those invited to the Summit to facilitate planning by individual delegations.