Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture
Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación

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Established 16 Oct 1945, Québec QC (Canada). Constitution signed in 1945 by 44 countries. Absorbed International Institute of Agriculture (IIAG), set up as an intergovernmental organization on 7 June 1905, and International Emergency Food Council, set up 1946. As a Specialized Agency of the United Nations (UN) within United Nations System, reports annually to United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).


Contribute towards an expanding world economy and ensure humanity's freedom from hunger by: raising the level of nutrition and living standards of people in member countries; securing improvement in the efficiency of production and distribution of all food and agricultural products; bettering the living conditions of rural populations.

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2020 Helsinki, Finland – International Plant Health Conference

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Main areas (5): Putting information within reach and supporting the transition to sustainable agriculture; Strengthening political will and sharing policy expertise; Bolstering public-private collaboration to improve smallholder agriculture; Bringing knowledge to the field; Supporting countries prevent and mitigate risks. A wide-ranging number of themes and topics highlight FAO priorities to win the battle against hunger, malnutrition and rural poverty.

Agreements concluded under FAO auspices:

 • Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies;

 • Plant Protection Agreement for the Asia and Pacific Region;

 • International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas;

 • Convention on the Conservation of the Living Resources of the Southeast Atlantic;

 • Convention on Assistance in the Case of Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency;

 • Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident;

 • Regional Convention on Fisheries Cooperation among African States Bordering the Atlantic Ocean;

 • Agreement to Promote Compliance with the International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas;

 • Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (Rotterdam convention);

 • International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture;

 • Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing;

 • International Plant Protection Convention, 1951 (IPPC).


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 225 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 194 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 196 countries
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  • Amenities
    • Living Conditions
    • Food
    • Undernourishment
  • Health Care
    • Nutrition
  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • Agriculture
    • FAO Bodies
  • International Relations
    • United Nations

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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