ADOPTED BY THE FOURTEENTH CONFERENCE SESSION (1967)
APPROVED BY THE FIFTY-FIFTH SESSION OF THE COUNCIL (1970)
a) Maintenance or abolition of Statutory Bodies should be considered essentially in the light of their achievements.
b) Requirements of regions, particularly those consisting of developing countries, should be taken into account when establishing and reviewing Statutory Bodies.
c) Convening in most cases of ad hoc meetings or seeking assistance from consultants would be preferable to the establishment of Bodies of a permanent nature.
d) Before new Bodies are proposed to the Conference and the Council for establishment, it should be ascertained if other Bodies covering the same or related fields could be abolished.
ADOPTED BY THE TWENTY-NINTH CONFERENCE SESSION (1997)
The Conference agreed that the following conditions should be taken into account in establishing new technical Bodies and in the establishment of new Subsidiary Bodies:
a) Centrality to the FAO mandate and the Organization's current priorities as expressed by FAO Members and reflected in planning documents;
b) Clarity of the definition of the task, which should normally be of limited duration;
c) Positive impact of the Body's work at the level of FAO Members;
d) FAO's comparative advantage, thereby avoiding overlap and creating synergy with the work of other Bodies;
e) Proportion of the FAO Membership to which the work of the proposed Body is of importance with due regard to the economic capacity of less-advantaged members, including least developed countries and small-island developing states;
f) Willingness of their Members to contribute financially and through non-monetary inputs to the work of the Body, especially where the Body will serve a more limited number of countries, with due regard to the economic capacity of their less advantaged members and the availability of other financial support.