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Legal Framework
Article of Constitution

Article V

Origin

Established by the Conference at its Third Session (1947) to replace the original "Executive Committee of FAO" in accordance with a recommendation of the Preparatory Commission on World Food Proposals.

Rules of Procedure

See Basic Texts, Vol I - Section B, General Rules of the Organization and
Section D, Rules of Procedure of the Council of FAO

Category Cat.1
Purpose

The Council, within the limits of the powers delegated to it by the Conference, acts as the Conference's executive organ between sessions. In particular, it exercises functions dealing with the world food and agriculture situation and related matters, current and prospective activities of the Organization, including its Programme of Work and Budget, administrative matters and financial management of the Organization and constitutional matters (Rule XXIV of the General Rules of the Organization).

The Council may establish Commissions, Committees and Working Parties under Article VI of the Constitution and approve, for submission to Member Nations, Agreements provided for under Article XIV.2 of the Constitution (Rule XXIV.4(a) and (b) of the General Rules of the Organization).

Note on methods of work of the Council

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Secretary-General

Mr Rakesh Muthoo, Director, Governing Bodies Servicing (CSG)

Membership

An Independent Chairperson, appointed by the Conference for two years, renewable for a further period of two years (Article V.2 of the Constitution and Rule XXIII of the General Rules of the Organization). Forty-nine Member Nations elected for three years, with arrangements for staggering expiry of terms of office, and each Member having one representative.

Chairperson Mr Hans Hoogeveen
Number of Members

49 Member Nations:

  • Afghanistan2
  • Angola1
  • Argentina1
  • Australia2
  • Bahamas1
  • Bangladesh3
  • Belarus3
  • Belgium1
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina3
  • Brazil1
  • Burkina Faso1
  • Burundi5
  • Cameroon4
  • Canada1
  • Chile3
  • China3
  • Congo3
  • Costa Rica1
  • Egypt2
  • Equatorial Guinea3
  • Eritrea2
  • Ethiopia3
  • France4
  • Guatemala4
  • Guinea1
  • India2
  • Indonesia3
  • Israel6
  • Italy7
  • Japan3
  • Kuwait3
  • Luxembourg4
  • Mexico1
  • Nicaragua3
  • Pakistan2
  • Peru3
  • Philippines3
  • Qatar1
  • Republic of Korea3
  • Russian Federation4
  • Saudi Arabia2
  • South Africa2
  • Spain3, 9
  • Sudan5
  • Sweden2
  • Thailand2, 8
  • Tunisia2
  • United States of America1
  • Zimbabwe1


1 Term of office: end of the 41st Session of the Conference (June 2019) to 30 June 2022
2 Term of office: 1 July 2020 – end of the 43rd Session of the Conference (2023)
3 Term of office: end of the 42nd Session of the Conference (2021) – 30 June 2024
4 Term of office: end of the 42nd Session of the Conference (2021) – end of the 43rd Session of the Conference (2023)
5 Term of office: end of the 42nd Session of the Conference (2021) – 30 June 2022
6 Israel replaced Austria from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2022
7 Italy replaced France 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2022
8 Malaysia will replace Thailand from 1 January 2022 to the end of the 43rd Session of the Conference (2023)
9 United Kingdom will replace Spain from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2024.

Current term of office

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Languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish
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Frequency of Sessions Normally holds at least five sessions in a biennium
Division Governing Bodies Servicing (CSG)
Contact information/email

[email protected]

First Session Washington, 4-11 November 1947