Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO was established in 1945. It is headquartered in Rome and has a system of regional and local offices worldwide. The FAO is one of the largest specialized agencies within the UN system.
The FAO is the leading agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. The aim is to
- eliminate hunger and malnutrition
- improve agricultural productivity and the conditions of rural populations
- coordinate the efforts of governments and technical agencies thus contributing to an expanding world economy.
The FAO's functions also include
- collecting and disseminating information
- educational programmes
- promotion of the conservation of natural resources and sustainable development, technical assistance, and emergency relief.
The Director-General, elected for a six year term (eligible for reappointment), is head of the FAO.
The FAO is governed by the biennial FAO Conference of Member States. The Conference determines the policy of the organization, approves the budget and makes recommendations.
The Council, elected by the Conference, acts as an interim body.
Mer om FAO
- The FAO Constitution
- The FAO website provides a multilingual overview of the FAO programs and activities, full text documents and reports, as well as access to relevant databases:
- WAICENT - World Agricultural Information Centre Portal.
- FAO Statistical Databases include data on agriculture, water resources, fishery, food as well as gender issues and land rights.
- The FAO publishes a number of annual reports posted online at the website under the section Publications.
- Essential documents from the three global conferences aimed at the commitment to the fight against hunger are posted online:
Key UN documents
UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases
- United Nations Digital Library offers UN documents and open access publications, UN voting data and speeches, UN maps, Content in 6+ languages. Replaces the traditional online catalogue UNBISnet.
- UN iLibrary UN publications online covering different topics.
- ODS full-text UN documents published from 1993 onward and scanned documents published between 1946 and 1993 in the official languages of the UN.
- Daily list of documents (ODS). Documents published for the day, with full text links, can be found in the United Nations full text database ODS.
- UNBIS Thesaurus a multilingual database of the controlled vocabulary used to describe UN documents.
- Index to proceedings is an annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the major UN organs. The index includes:
- a list of all documents
- a comprehensive subject index
- an index to speeches
- a voting chart of resolutions
- United Nations Documents Index (United Nations Digital Library) References to all documents by subject area are published. A collection of indexes is held by the Dag Hammarskjöld and Law Library, Uppsala, and the Libraries at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva.
- All UN documents from 1993-.
- All resolutions of the Principal Organs from 1946-.
- All Security Council plenary documents from 1946- in English, French and Spanish.
- All supplements to the General Assembly Official Records (GAOR) from 1946-.
- All General Assembly plenary meeting records from 1946- in English, French and Spanish.
- Older documents are being scanned: Update on UN Digitization Programme.