The newly-established United Nations World Food Council began its first meeting in Rome on Monday (23 June).
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SAYED MAREI: "I would like to express my thanks for the honour you have bestowed upon my country and the African Continent by electing me to chair the first meeting of the World Food Council. Personally, may I express my deep feeling of gratitude for the confidence you have placed in me. This is a responsibility of which I am fully conscious and I shall endeavour, with your co-operation, to work for the achievement of the goals we have set for ourselves."
The building in Rome of the United Nations agency FAO -- the Food and Agricultural Organisation. This is where the first meeting of the World Food Council is being held.
The week-long meeting began on Monday. It's designed to help boost food production in developing countries facing malnutrition and starvation.
The council was set up at last November's World Food Conference which was also held in Rome.
Sayed Marei, President of the Egyptian people's Assembly and former Secretary-General of the World Food Conference has been elected President of the Council. He spoke at the opening session.
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Background: 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: