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FAO conference also approves 2010-2011 budget

Rome, 24 November 2009 - FAO's top governing body has cleared the way for setting up a stronger and more effective system of global food security governance.

The Conference of FAO's 192 Members, which meets every two years, agreed on Sunday to strengthen the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) so it can become the foremost inclusive international platform for discussion, coordination and policy convergence in order to eliminate world hunger.

The World Summit on Food security held here last week agreed that the CFS should be a central component of the Global Partnership for Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition. The approval by the FAO Conference paves the way for the CFS reform to become operational.

Inclusiveness

The CFS will be more inclusive to include, in addition to all Member States of FAO and the United Nations, representatives of international organizations, NGOs, the private sector and civil society.

The Committee will be supported by a high-level international network of experts whose advice will increase the scientific legitimacy of its deliberations and ensure that decisions are based on best available evidence.

Countries are encouraged to strengthen the Committee's political clout by ensuring their representation at the highest possible level.

Budget

In a separate decision, the Conference agreed to increase FAO's regular budget for the 2010-2011 biennium by 7.6 percent to $1,000.5 million. The budget provides for implementation of a new results-based programme of work as well as the Immediate Plan of Action for FAO Renewal.

The Conference also elected France's Luc Guyau as Independent Chair of FAO's 49-nation executive Council. M. Guyau is a former trade unionist and Chair of the Chambers of French Agriculture.

As Independent Chair of the Council, M. Guyau will be responsible for overseeing the progress of FAO's ongoing programme of renewal and reform. He succeeds Iran's Professor Mohammed Saeid Noori-Naeini.

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