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Amendments to the Constitution of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, 1965


Done at Rome 9 December 1965

Entered into force 9 December 1965

Primary source citation: 17 UST 457, TIAS 5987


AMENDMENTS TO BASIC TEXTS OF THE ORGANIZATION VOLUME I (Issued March 1966) As the result of the amendments to the Constitution General Rules of the Organization and Rules of Procedure for the Council adopted by the Thirteenth Session of the Conference (20 November-9 December 1965) and by the Forty-Sixth Session of the Council (9-10 December 1965), the texts given below are to be substituted for the texts appearing in the 1964 Edition of Volume I of the Basic Texts of the Organization. A new Edition of that Volume will be issued shortly, incorporating all these amendments.



The Nations accepting this Constitution, being determined to promote the common welfare by furthering separate and collective action on their part for the purpose of:

raising levels of nutrition and standards of living of the peoples under their respective jurisdictions;

securing improvements in the efficiency of the production and distribution of all food and agricultural products;

bettering the condition of rural populations;

and thus contributing toward an expanding world economy and ensuring humanity's freedom from hunger;

hereby established the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, hereinafter referred to as the ‘Organization,’ through which the Members will report to one another on the measures taken and the progress achieved in the field of action set forth above.

Article V.I

1. A Council of the Organization consisting of thirty-one Member Nations shall be elected by the Conference. Each Member Nation on the Council shall have one representative and shall have only one vote. Each Member of the Council may appoint alternates, associates and advisers to its representative. The Council may determine the conditions for the participation of alternates, associates and advisers in its proceedings, but any such participation shall be without the right to vote, except in the case of an alternate, associate or adviser participating in the place of a representative. No representative may represent more than one Member of the Council. The tenure and other conditions of office of the Members of the Council shall be subject to rules made by the Conference.

Article V.6

6. To assist the Council in performing its functions, the Council shall appoint a Program Committee, a Finance Committee, a Committee on Commodity Problems, a Committee on Fisheries and a Committee on Constitutional and Legal Matters. These Committees shall report to the Council and their composition and terms of reference shall be governed by rules adopted by the Conference.