The newly-established United Nations World Food Council began its first meeting in Rome on Monday (23 June).
The newly-established United Nations World Food Council began its first meeting in Rome on Monday (23 June). The week-long meeting is aimed at helping boost food production in developing countries to end malnutrition and starvation in the world.
The Council was set up by the World Fond Conference in Rome last November. It is composed of 36 ministers elected by the U.N. General Assembly. Another 24 countries are represented by observers.
In the short term, officials hope that major donor countries will commit themselves to making available 10 million tonnes of food aid a year over the next three years. Pressure is also being put on the European Economic Community (EEC) to announce an increase in its level of food aid. The EEC is the only major donor which has not raised its food aid in line with the new target set by the World Food Conference.
The President of the Egyptian People's Assembly, Sayed Marei, former Secretary-General of the World Food Conference, was elected President of the Council. A transcription of his opening remarks follows: