前任总干事  若泽·格拉齐亚诺·达席尔瓦

No respite for FAO Director-General José Graziono da Silva in his last month in office

The work continues right up to the very last day for FAO’s Director-General as he approaches his last month in office in a real tour de force

26 June 2019, Rome  -As the 41st Session of its Conference winds down this week in the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on the heels of a successful election process that named Dr. Qu Dongyong as the future leader of the Organization, Director-General José Graziano da Silva has a schedule that leaves no doubt concerning his intention to carry on working up until his very last day.

In a veritable tour de force starting this weekend, the Director-General will visit Cuba from 29 June to 1 July to participate in the VII Congreso Continental de la CLOC-Via Campesina, being held in Havana on 30 June 2019 where he will deliver a speech and meet with representatives of La Via Campesina. He will also pay a visit to the President of the Council of State, meet with the Minister for Foreign Affairs as well as with the Ambassador of the EU in Cuba and other ambassadors of member states.

Next stop, Mexico from 1 to 4 July where the Director-General will participate and deliver an opening speech at the inauguration of the High Level Meeting on Migration, Development and Food Security.  Here again, visits with the President, the Minister for Foreign Affairs as well as the Minister for Agriculture are on the agenda.

While in Mexico, the Director-General will receive two Doctor Honoris Causa, one from the Colegio de Posgraduados (COLPOS) and another from the University of Chapingo.  He will also visit the Chinampero GIAHS agricultural system of Mexico City where he will have the opportunity to speak about territory and food culture.

Back to Rome for a short stay to attend to matters at headquarters and then off again to New York to participate in side events to be held during the High Level Political Forum 2019 (HLPF) at UN headquarters. Here the Director-General will launch the 2019 edition of the State of Food Security and Nutrition (SOFI), for the first time at a global level outside Rome. He will also participate and deliver speeches at the “Accelerating progress on the SDGs through the implementation of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)” event, as well as at the “The Launch of the United Nations Decade on Family Farming (2019-2028)”. He will have several meetings with the UNSG and IFAD President, UN Environment Executive Director, as well as with members of the Alliance to end hunger.

José Graziano da Silva will head to Portugal on 17 to 18 July to visit the Prime Minister and meet the Rector of the Universidade Aberta, with whom FAO has a partnership agreement. Then, he will travel to Idanha-a-Nova, closer to the border with Spain, where he will deliver an opening speech at a ceremony for "Relevant territories for a sustainable world", together with ministers of agriculture of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP). On that occasion, he will receive the highest level medal award from the Minister for Agriculture.

Finally on his last trip as FAO’s Director-General, Graziano da Silva will travel to Valencia in Spain on 22 July to participate and deliver a speech at the Launch of the World Center for Sustainable Food of Valencia. There he will be received by Queen Letizia, FAO’s Special Ambassador for Nutrition, and will meet local government authorities.

The FAO Chief will then head back to Rome to attend to final matters and preside over the handover ceremony to the new DG-elect, Qu Dongyu to be held at the FAO headquarters on Tuesday 31 July.

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