News & Reports News Year 2011 June 2011 Iran competes for FAO director general post

Iran competes for FAO director general post


TEHRAN, June 25 (MNA) -- New director general of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will be elected tomorrow, while veteran Iranian diplomat Mohammad-Saeed Noori Naeini has the most technical experience among the six candidates.
The election of a new director general for FAO will take place in a secret ballot to be held during the 37th FAO Conference which will be held in Rome, 25 June to 2 July 2011, by the organization's 191 member nations
--- The candidates
The six candidates, each nominated by his government, are listed in alphabetical order by country: Franz Fischler (Austria), José Graziano da Silva (Brazil), Indroyono Soesilo (Indonesia), Mohammad Saeid Noori Naeini (Iran, Islamic Republic of), Abdul Latif Rashid (Iraq) and Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé (Spain).
According to the sources, Noori Naeini who is the former Iran representative to FAO has the highest experience, technical knowledge and agricultural expertise among other candidates, and experts hope that he will be elected as the first Iranian director general of FAO.
He has PhD in agricultural economy from Cornell University.
As Chair of several major inter-governmental bodies in FAO and WFP, he undertook the management of processes and in all these positions demonstrated a capacity to lead and a capacity to listen and delegate to those most competent, while taking full responsibility for difficult decisions.
In addition to chairing the FAO Committee on World Food Security, he chaired almost all the Intergovernmental Commodity Groups and all the Commissions of the Conference.
Noori Naeini currently serve on FAO's High Level Advisory Committee on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The next director general of FAO will be appointed for the period 1 January 2012 to 31 July 2015. The director general will be eligible for only one additional mandate of four years.
FAO's new chief will be elected by a majority of votes cast. Each country will have one vote and the balloting is secret.
The new director general will follow Jacques Diouf, from Senegal, who has been in office since 1994.
Since the establishment of FAO in 1945, there have been seven Directors-General.