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Number of members FAO has 191 Member Nations plus one Member Organization, the European Community and one Associate Members, The Faroe Islands.
Members FAO Member Nations
FAO Member Nations by region for Council election purposes
Current term of office November 2009-2011
Chairperson Ms Kathleen A. Merrigan - United States of America
Secretary Director, Conference, Council and Protocol Affairs Division (CSC)
Working languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
Frequency of sessions Every two years
Next session 37th session
25 June - 2 July 2011
Previous session 36th session
18-23 November 2009
Reports and Document online C 2009, C 2008, C 2007, C 2005, C 2003, C 2001, C 1999, C 1997.
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FAO Conference

The Conference is the supreme governing body of FAO that meets in regular session every two years. Its main functions are to determine the policies of the Organization, approve the Programme of Work and Budget, and make recommendations to Members and international organizations. In addition to being attended by all Members and associate Members of the Organization, it is also attended by observers from non-Member Nations, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations.


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