Testimonials

References to the Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, in the Verbatim Records of the 41st Session of the FAO Conference

Plenary Sessions

Angola
Sr. Alexandre Marcos Nhunga, Ministre de l’agriculture
“A nuestro hermano, José Graziano, que ha hecho un trabajo muy bueno, fantástico, excelente, no solo en su país como en el mundo y el trabajo que viene de hacer en la FAO, queremos desearle mucha suerte en la vida y que todo le vaya bien. Yo quiero pedir a esta sala, y en nombre del Gobierno de Angola y el mío propio, la delegación que me acompaña, desear todo lo mejor en la vida para el señor.”

Angola
Sr. Alexandre Marcos Nhunga, Ministre de l’agriculture
“Enfin, je crois que nous ne pouvons pas oublier notre Directeur général, notre cher ami M. Graziano da Silva, qui, pendant ses deux mandats, a essayé d’introduire des réformes et des innovations dans l’Organisation, cela afin de consacrer plus d’attention encore aux problèmes de la sécurité alimentaire et de la faim dans le monde, des problèmes qui continuent d’affliger une partie importante de la population du globe, en particulier les enfants.”

Algeria
Mr Chérif Omari, Ministre de l’agriculture, du développement rural et de la pêche
“Tout d’abord, je souhaiterais exprimer nos sincères remerciements à M. José Graziano da Silva pour l’excellente organisation de cette session. Je le remercie, par ailleurs, en mon nom propre et au nom du Gouvernement algérien pour tous les efforts qu’il a déployés au cours de ses deux mandats successifs au service du développement agricole et des régions rurales, renforçant la position de l’Organisation comme axe stratégique pour garantir la sécurité alimentaire et le développement de par le monde.”

Angola
Mr Carlos Alberto Amaral, Ministre Conseiller Représentant permanent adjoint auprès de la FAO
“Je suis entièrement d’accord avec le rapport, mais j’aimerais bien souligner la question du prix que nous avons approuvé sur la Faim zéro en hommage à M. Graziano da Silva. Je veux seulement souligner l’excellent travail que le Directeur général a fait pendant ses deux mandats, avec des réformes et des innovations dans l’Organisation afin de consacrer plus d’attention aux problèmes de la faim et de la sécurité alimentaire dans le monde, qui continuent d’affliger une partie importante de la population du globe, en particulier les enfants.
La vie professionnelle de M. Graziano da Silva était directement liée au thème de l’alimentation et de la faim et le sera dans le futur, que ce soit dans son pays en Amérique latine, en Afrique ou dans le monde en général. Pour cette raison, Monsieur le Président, je ne peux pas être exhaustif, seulement pour dire que l´Angola se sent satisfait de l’œuvre de M. Graziano da Silva.”

Argentina
Ms María Cristina Boldorini, Embajadora, Representante Permanente ante la FAO
“Para finalizar, deseo reconocer el trabajo desarrollado en esta Organización por el Dr José Graziano da Silva. Nosotros damos muchísima importancia a la descentralización, que ha permitido vincular a la FAO con la gente, a través del fortalecimiento de su presencia en el terreno.”

Australia
Ms Cathrine Stephenson, Minister Counsellor, Deputy Permanent Representative to FAO
“We would like to thank the outgoing Director-General. We thank him for his significant contribution to the work of the FAO and for his leadership. We wish you all the best for the future.”

Australia
Ms Cathrine Stephenson, Minister Counsellor, Deputy Permanent Representative to FAO
“Australia would again like to congratulate the Director-General elect Dr Qu Dongyu and also thank the outgoing Director-General for his leadership over the last eight years.”

Bahamas
Mr Michael Pintard, Minister for Agriculture and Marine Resources
“On behalf of the Government and people of the Bahamas, I wish to extend thanks to Dr José Graziano da Silva for the tremendous selfless work he has done for a number of years here at FAO.”

Bangladesh
Ms Sultana Afroz, Additional Secretary, Economic Relation Division, Ministry of Finance
“I would also like to thank the outgoing Director-General of FAO, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for his immense commitment and dedication towards the hungry people around the globe.”

Bangladesh
Mr Abdus Sobhan Sikder, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“On this special occasion, Bangladesh would also like to appreciate the outgoing Director-General of FAO, Dr José Graziano da Silva, as the architect of Brazil’s Zero Hunger programme that has helped millions of people to come out of hunger and extreme poverty. His leadership and dedication to developing a world without hunger is commendable.”

Belgium
Mr Frank Carruet, Ambassadeur, Représentant permanent auprès de la FAO
“We also thank Dr José Graziano da Silva for his commitment throughout the past eight years.”

Belize
Mr José Eduardo Alpuche, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
“I must start by paying tribute to the sterling work of our outgoing Director-General Dr José Graziano da Silva. His tireless work to reform FAO and at the same time refine the delivery of service to Member States must be commended. We wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Benin
Mr Bonaventure Kouakannou, Directeur de Cabinet du Ministre, Ministère de l’agriculture, de l’élevage et de la pêche
“À ce titre, permettez-moi de saluer le savoir-faire de notre frère, José Graziano da Silva, pour tout ce qu’il a donné à notre Organisation internationale, huit ans durant.”

Brazil
Ms Tereza Cristina Corrêa Da Costa Dias, Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate my fellow countryman, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for the completion of his term in office.”

Burkina Faso
Mr Salifou Ouedraogo, Ministre de l’agriculture et des aménagements hydroagricoles
“Je voudrais, au nom du Burkina Faso, remercier d’abord le Directeur général de la FAO, M. Graziano da Silva, pour tout le travail mené à bien, et en particulier pour son soutien à l’instauration de la Journée mondiale des légumineuses par les Nations Unies.”

Burkina Faso
Mr Salifou Ouedraogo
“Mais avant d’en revenir à ce thème, dont l’importance n’est plus à démontrer, permettez-moi de saisir cette opportunité qui m’est offerte pour saluer d’une manière particulière le Directeur général sortant de la FAO, M. Graziano da Silva, et le féliciter pour la vision qui a conduit son action à la tête de l’Organisation pendant les huit années de son mandat. M. da Silva s’est engagé sans réserve pour la cause des populations qui souffrent le plus des changements climatiques et de la dégradation générale des conditions de production et d’alimentation dans le monde. M. da Silva, vous avez encore beaucoup à apporter au monde dans le cadre des stratégies de mise en œuvre des objectifs de développement durable, c’est pourquoi, le Burkina Faso, par ma voix, vous exprime des vœux de santé et de succès dans toutes vos entreprises futures.”

Cabo Verde
Mr Paulo Veiga
“To finalize, I would like to pay special tribute to the Director-General Dr José Graziano da Silva as the mastermind for the CPLP boosted food security and nutritional matters. We will certainly miss his bright vision.”

Cabo Verde
Mr Paulo Veiga, Secrétaire d’Etat à l’économie maritime
“I would alo like to thank the outgoing Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva and his vast management team for their excellent work.”

Cameroon
Mr Gabriel Mbairobe, Ministre de l’agriculture et du développement rural
“I wish also, along the same line, to congratulate Dr José Graziano da Silva, who concludes, with this Conference, his second term as Director General of FAO. Cameroon supported and accompanied him, in its own way, to fulfil his mission. This was done by ensuring that Cameroon was up-to-date with its regular financial contributions and through the revision of the Headquarters Agreement that created the Partnership and Liaison Office in Cameroon. Not to forget, its involvement in the Governing Bodies, including Chairing the Finance Committee, the regional groups, the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Africa on food standards, just to name but a few. We wish Dr José Graziano da Silva every success in his future activities.”

Canada
Mr Frédéric Seppey, Assistant Deputy Minister, Market and Industry
“Permettez-moi d’exprimer notre plus vive gratitude pour l’engagement et la passion qu’a su démontrer le Directeur général sortant, M. Graziano da Silva, par sa gestion de l’Organisation au cours des huit dernières années. Nous lui en sommes fort gré.”

Chile
Mr Alfonso Vargas, Subsecretario, Ministerio de Agricultura
“Quiero agradecer al Director General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, por la excelente dirección y rumbo que la organización emprendió bajo su liderazgo. Le deseo lo mejor en su próximo desafío.”

Colombia
Ms Gloria Isabel Ramírez, Embajadora, Representante Permanente ante la FAO
“Permítanme en primera instancia reconocer el legado del Dr José Graziano da Silva, como Director-General de esta Organización, por su liderazgo y trabajo comprometido durante los ocho años de su mandato.”

Cook Islands
Ms Vainetutai Rose Toki Brown, Minister for Agriculture
“May I also extend our congratulations to our new Director-General elect Dr Qu Dongyu and farewell to our outgoing Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva.”

Congo
Mr Henri Djombo, Ministre de l’agriculture, de l’élevage et de la pêche
“Nous félicitons José Graziano da Silva, le Directeur général sortant, pour le travail qu’il a mené. Il a apporté sa pierre à l’édifice de l’agriculture mondiale, mais le chemin est long à parcourir. Nous sommes sûrs que son successeur, prenant le relais, va poursuivre ce travail et accélérer le pas vers une agriculture mondiale durable.”

Costa Rica
Ms Lorena Aguilar Revelo, Viceministra de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto
“Asimismo, deseamos agradecerle al Doctor José Graziano da Silva por su valiosa gestión y entrega durante estos años y confiamos en que podremos seguir aprovechando su vasta experiencia y por su incansable trabajo en favor de las y los agricultores, jóvenes, mujeres y hombres valerosos, vitales para la prosperidad de la humanidad.”

Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea
Mr Chun Sik Jang, Deputy Director-General, International Organizations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
“I also would like to express my appreciation to the outgoing Director-General Dr José Graziano da Silva for the efforts and contributions he made for the Organization.”

Djibouti
M. Ayeid Mousseid Yahya, Ambassadeur, Représentant permanent auprès de la FAO
“Enfin, Monsieur le Président, je ne saurais clore mon propos sans saluer l’excellent travail de notre Directeur général sortant, M. José Graziano da Silva, qui a été reconnu mondialement et apprécié à plusieurs titres, qu’il en soit ainsi remercié.”

Dominican Republic
Mr Osmar Benitez, Ministro de Agricultura
“Aprovechamos este espacio para valorar el trabajo formidable realizado por nuestro Director General saliente, el Doctor José Graziano Da Silva, a quien deseamos éxito y ventura en sus nuevas actividades.”

Egypt
Mr Ezz Aldin Abosteit, Minister for Agriculture and Land Reclamation
“I would also like to express our greatest gratitude to His Excellency, Dr José Graziano da Silva for the unflagging efforts he has made throughout his two mandates as the head of FAO, in promoting the reform of the Organization, and for everything the Organization does in the domain of food and agriculture.”

Equatorial Guinea
Mr Nicolas Houtondji Akapo, Ministro de Agricultura, Ganadería, Bosques y Medio Ambiente
“Manifestamos nuestras felicitaciones al Dr Don José Graziano da Silva por su buena gestión al frente de nuestra Organización que es la FAO, sobre todo por sus esfuerzos en acordar una mayor importancia a los fondos de cooperación técnica, TCP, por su importante política de ahorro, por eficiencia y eficacia, así como de mantener el presupuesto nominal sin conocer ningún aumento en los últimos años.”

Eritrea
Mr Semere Amlesom, Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Agriculture
“I would also like to pay tribute to Dr José Graziano da Silva for the outstanding work that he has done over the last eight years of his tenure.”

Eswatini
Mr Jabulani Clement Mabuza, Minister for Agriculture
“Let me pay tribute to the outgoing Director-General, Dr Graziano da Silva for all of your hard work towards the development of our people. Let me end by saying to Dr Graziano da Silva, after leaving office, you have to take a break, take your family with you and visit the Kingdom of Eswatini. We are more than ready to welcome you, come and relax after working so hard for the betterment of FAO.”

Ethiopia
Mr Mitiku Tesso Jebessa, Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative to FAO
“I would like to thank the outgoing Director General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for his contributions towards the eradication of hunger and malnutrition as well as the development of agriculture, especially in developing countries.
He has engaged different countries facing natural disasters and provided support in coming up with long lasting solutions. I recall when he visited Ethiopia several times. He has hosted two Prime Ministers and other high level officials in his office here at the Headquarters to discuss the agricultural situation in Ethiopia. I wish Dr da Silva a happy and prosperous life in his future endeavours.”

Fiji
Mr Mahendra Reddy, Minister for Agriculture, Rural, Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment
“I want to join the other speakers before me by thanking the outgoing Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva for the outstanding work that he has done for FAO. The legacy he has left behind will always be there and remembered, and will get others to raise their benchmark in doing things for FAO and Member Countries.”

Finland
Ms Jaana Husu Kallio, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
“Last but not least, thank you very much, indeed, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for the leadership you have provided for the benefit of the world over the past eight years”.

France
Ms Delphine Borione, Ambassadrice, Représentante permanente auprès de la FAO
“Alors, je ne peux terminer cette allocution sans remercier et féliciter le Directeur général, M. José Graziano da Silva, pour son action à la tête de la FAO, et en particulier pour l’accent qu’il a mis sur la nécessaire transformation des systèmes agricoles et alimentaires vers plus de durabilité. Cette évolution qu’il a engrangée est fondamentale et ce leg restera dans l’histoire.”

Gabon
Mr Biendi Maganga Moussavou, Ministre de l’agriculture, de l’élevage, de la pêche et de l’alimentation
“Monsieur le Directeur général sortant, José Graziano da Silva, je voudrais, au nom de la délégation gabonaise, et partant du Gouvernement de la République gabonaise, vous adresser mes félicitations les plus vives pour votre magistère si plébiscité.”

Gabon
Mr Biendi Maganga Moussavou, Ministre de l’agriculture, de l’élevage, de la pêche et de l’alimentation
“À José Graziano da Silva, le Directeur général sortant, je voudrais réitérer toute notre admiration pour son magistère si plébiscité.”

Germany
Mr Ulrich Seidenberger, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“Our thanks also go to Director-General Graziano da Silva for his leadership in the last few years.”

Germany
Mr Ulrich Seidenberger, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“We would also like to take this opportunity to commend and applaud the outgoing Director-General Dr José Graziano da Silva, for all the hard work and commitment to fighting hunger throughout his tenure in the last eight years.”

Ghana
Mr George Oduro, Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture
“On behalf of the Ghanaian delegation I would like to convey our heartfelt congratulations to Dr Qu Dongyu. We would like to remind him that there is a huge task ahead, considering the good work done so far by the outgoing Director-General. He will need to gather courage and do his duties because of the expectations of Member Countries.”

Guinea
Ms Mariama Camara, Ministre de l’agriculture
“C’est le moment de remercier également le Directeur général sortant, M. José Graziano da Silva, et de lui rendre hommage pour son dévouement constant en faveur d’une croissance agricole durable en vue d’éradiquer la faim et la pauvreté dans le monde.”

Guyana
Mr John Ronald Deep Ford, Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and Other International
“We want to start by thanking Dr José Graziano da Silva, for his life’s work for the poor, for the working class, and for the food insecure. He has been doing this over the past eight years in the context of the FAO, however, he has been doing this work for a longer period of time, and we want to recognize that work.”

Holy See
Mr Fernando Chica Arellano
“En esta ocasión, también me gustaría, en mi nombre y en el de la Santa Sede, dar las gracias al Dr José Graziano da Silva por el esmerado trabajo realizado durante su mandato al frente de la Organización.”

Hungary
Mr Zoltán Kálmán, Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative to FAO
“Dr José Graziano da Silva, your tenure as Director-General has been a very intense and the Organization has gone through significant changes. One of the most important developments has been the adoption of the Agenda 2030 with so many implications to FAO. We have appreciated your leadership and engagement in this journey. Your valuable experience and academic background have contributed to keeping and strengthening a knowledge based FAO. Thank you Dr José Graziano da Silva, we wish you all the best for the future.”

India
Ms Reenat Sandhu, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“We also wish to thank the outgoing Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva for his relentless work at fighting hunger and for his leadership of this Organization.”

India
Ms Reenat Sandhu, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“At the outset, I would like to thank the outgoing Director-General Dr Graziano da Silva for his leadership of FAO.”

Indonesia
Ms Esti Andayani, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“Allow me, also, to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for his work over the past eight years.”

Indonesia
Mr Momon Rusmono, Acting Secretary General, Ministry of Agriculture
“I would also like to take this opportunity to convey high appreciation to the outgoing Director-General of FAO, Dr Graziano da Silva, for his strong leadership for the past eight years.”

Islamic Republic Of Iran
Mr Mohammad Hossein Emadi, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“I would like to express a word of thanks to Dr José Graziano da Silva for his leadership and efforts during the last two terms.”

Israel
Ms Maya Federman, Administrative Staff, Permanent Representation to FAO
“I would also like to thank Dr José Graziano da Silva for his commitment and work over the last eight years, and to wish him success in his future endeavours.”

Iran
Mr Mohammad Hossein Emadi, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“I would like to appreciate Dr José Graziano da Silva for his efforts and leadership of FAO.”

Iraq
Mr Saleh Hussein Jebur, Minister for Agriculture, Inland Fisheries and Forestry
“First and foremost, I would like to express to Dr José Graziano da Silva, my deep thanks for his excellent leadership of the Organization over the past few years, and he is now passing the baton to the new Director-General. We recognise that the Organization achieved a great deal during his term on many levels, especially in terms of fighting poverty, hunger and the effects of climate change and also crises emanating from natural catastrophes and wars.”

Jamaica
Mr Audley Fitz Shaw, Minister for Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries
“On behalf of Jamaica and the entire Caribbean region, I would like to thank Dr José Graziano da Silva for his years of service to this Organization. He was quite close to our region and we appreciate the work that he has done.”

Jamaica
Mr Audley Fitz Shaw, Minister for Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries
“I wish to commend the Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, and his team on the efficiency of the proceedings of the Conference.”

Japan
Mr Hiroki Takabayashi, Director, Economic and Security Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
“We also would like to join others in thanking Dr José Graziano da Silva for your long-term commitment and leadership during your tenure as Director-General of FAO.”

Japan
Mr Hiromichi Matsushima, Deputy Minister for International Affairs
“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Dr José Graziano da Silvafor his dedication so far. Japan highly appreciates his achievements, including the scaling up of the GIAHS program. Japan hopes for the smoothest transition for the new Director-General, which will thereby enable FAO to seamlessly continue its engagement.”

Jordan
Mr Ibrahim Shahahdeh, Minister for Agriculture and Environment
“Allow me to first to extend my deepest gratitude to, His Excellency Dr José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO, for the his efforts as he has led this Organization in an exceptional fashion over the past eight years in the field of agricultural development, achieving food security, preventing poverty and malnutrition, as well as in combatting famine in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Agenda 2030.”

Kenya
Ms Ann Onyango, Secretary, State Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
“We also warmly appreciate Dr José Graziano da Silva for achieving great results over the eight years he has been at the helm of this Organization.”

Kenya
Mr Michael Oyugi, Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
“In the same breath, we also pay tribute to the outgoing Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, who has put every effort and ensured that the Organization remains on a sound footing and wish him all the best in his endeavors.”

Kuwait
Mr Ali Al Farsi, Deputy Director General for Landscapes
“On behalf of the Near East Regional Group of the Organization, I would like to express our heartfelt congratulations and our heartfelt gratitude to Dr José Graziano da Silva for all the work he has done in this Organization. He has contributed to the development of the Organization, has supported Member Countries and has upheld the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) despite every challenge, namely the lack of resources, the increasing number of crises, and the increasing number of conflicts across the world, including in the Near East. He has carried the flame.
Therefore, we would like to express all our respect to Dr José Graziano da Silva. He has given great interest to the North African and Near East Region. He has shown sympathy to everything we have gone through and we would like to wish him all the best for the future.”

Lebanon
Mr Hassan Lakkis, Ministre de l’agriculture
“On behalf of the Republic of Lebanon we would like to thank the Director-General of FAO, Dr José Graziano da Silva for supporting agriculture in Lebanon throughout his tenure at FAO, and especially at the opening of the Sub Regional Office in Lebanon.”

Lebanon
Mr Hassan Lakkis, Ministre de l’agriculture
“Nous saluons les efforts et la vision du Directeur général sortant, M. Graziano da Silva, et le remercions pour ses efforts, notamment envers le Liban.”

Lesotho
Mr Mahala Molapo, Minister for Agriculture and Food Security
“On behalf of the delegation from the Kingdom of Lesotho and his Majesty King Letsie III, as FAO’s Special Ambassador for Nutrition, Lesotho conveys her deepest gratitude to the outgoing Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva. We wish to acknowledge his commitment to achieving Zero Hunger and elevating the importance of good nutrition. We wish him well in his future obligations.”

Lesotho
Mr Mahala Molapo, Minister for Agriculture and Food Security
“I also wish to thank Dr José Graziano da Silva who has done a sterling job during his terms at the helm of this Organization. We wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Malaysia
Mr Mohd Sallehhudin Hassan, Secretary General, Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
“I would also like to express our appreciation to His Excellency, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for his contribution over the past eight years and his unrelenting effort towards achieving Zero Hunger.”

Malaysia
Mr Salahuddin Ayub, Minister for Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry
“I would like to also thank Dr José Graziano da Silva for his service and contribution to the Organization.”

Maldives
Ms Zaha Waheed, Minister for Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture
“To Dr José Graziano da Silva, we have all witnessed your strong commitment to foster the fisheries and agricultural sectors in Member Countries and to tackle issues of global food security and governance. I am sure that I am not alone in conveying gratitude for your outstanding leadership and dedication.”

Malta
Ms Vanessa Frazier, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“I would like to start by thanking the outgoing Director-General, Mr José Graziano da Silva for his work over the past eight years, and welcome the new Director-General Elect, Dr Qu Dongyu and wish him luck for the challenging task ahead.”

Myanmar
Mr Myint Naung, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“On behalf of my Government of Myanmar, we would like to express its appreciation to the outgoing Director-General for his excellent contribution to FAO’s work.”

Namibia
Mr Alpheus G. Naruseb, Minister for Agriculture, Water and Forestry
“I will conclude by saying thank you to Dr José Graziano da Silva, for the very sterling work that you have put forward in the carrying out of your mandate. We deeply appreciate it and shall continue to appreciate your input because your legacy speaks for itself. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.”

Namibia
Mr Alpheus G. Naruseb, Minister for Agriculture, Water and Forestry
“Let me equally thank the outgoing Director-General for his excellent work and for the visionary leadership that he provided to the Organization during his tenure.”

Netherlands
Mr Hans Hoogeveen
“The Netherlands Government would like to thank Dr José Graziano da Silva for his leadership to achieve Zero Hunger over the last past eight years.”

Nicaragua
Mr Edward Francisco Centeno Gadea
“Agradecemos al Dr José Graziano da Silva por todo los esfuerzos realizados frente de esta Organización durante su mandato.”

New Zealand
Mr Damien O’Connor
“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the outgoing Director-General Dr José Graziano da Silva for his leadership over the last eight years. Your reform initiatives around decentralization and strengthening of Regional and Country Office networks have brought the Organization closer to its Members.
Finally, I reiterate New Zealand’s sincere thanks to the outgoing Director-General for his committed service over the last eight years.”

Nigeria
Mr Yaya Adisa Olaitan Olaniran
“On behalf of the Nigerian delegation and, more so, on behalf of the African Regional Group, I want to firstly congratulate Dr José Graziano da Silva, the outgoing Director-General, and I think he can safely say now: I have fought a good fight, I have stayed the course and I am faithful. Congratulations, Dr José Graziano da Silva. We are all proud of you. The truth of the matter is, there is no perfect boss, neither is there any perfect situation. You did your best and we appreciate you. I wish you success in your future endeavors.”

Norway
Ms Olaug Vervik Bollestad, Minister for Agriculture and Food
“To the outgoing Director-General, Dr. José Graziano da Silva, we thank you for the hard work and the delivered results, especially towards achieving Zero Hunger.”

Oman
Mr Ahmed Albakri, UnderSecretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
“Firstly, I would like to thank our dear brother, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for his outstanding efforts throughout the past years at the helm of FAO. He had an excellent relationship with all countries, especially with the Near East region. He also had a strong relationship with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, who took the floor before me, my brothers, the Head of the Near East Regional Group, and my colleague from the UAE.
Your Excellency, the Director-General, you provided great support to the GCC countries. You had a special tie with the Sultanate of Oman. We believe that throughout your past visits, especially the last one in January, you provided support to a very important national event relating to the investment in national economies, particularly in the agricultural sector.
We would like to thank you and we express our appreciation for all your efforts. We wish you all success and a long life, especially in the upcoming period.”

Oman
Mr Ahmed Albakri, UnderSecretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
“In conclusion, we would like to convey our deepest gratitude and appreciation to Dr José Graziano da Silva for his praiseworthy efforts, for his close follow up, and professional initiatives during his mandate at the helm of FAO, which has contributed towards enriching the progress of this State Organization, and we wish him success in his future endeavours. We also would like to thank all the staff at FAO HQ in Rome and its Regional Office in Cairo and the office in Muscat for their ongoing cooperation and appreciated role.”

Pakistan
Mr Nadeem Riyaz, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“I would also like to thank the outgoing Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for his commitment and for his leadership of this Organization over the last eight years.”

Pakistan
Mr Nadeem Riyaz, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“Pakistan deeply appreciates the contributions of the outgoing Director- General Dr José Graziano da Silva who will always be remembered for his initiatives and leadership skills which guided the FAO over the last eight years. We wish him health and success in his future endeavours.”

Palestine
Mr Omar Fakeh, Counsellor, Permanent Representation to FAO
“On behalf of the Government of the State of Palestine I would to first thank Dr José Graziano da Silva as well as FAO’s Management for this democratic process in which many candidates competed. They have many qualifications and actually each one of them is an added value to the Organization.”

Palestine
Mr Omar Fakeh, Counsellor, Permanent Representation to FAO
“I would first like to express my gratitude to Dr José Graziano da Silva, the outgoing Director-General, and all the staff of the FAO for the efforts that they exerted in the previous years to ensure the development of agriculture around the world.”

Peru
Mr Julio Eduardo Martinetti Macedo, Embajador, Representante Permanente ante la FAO
“Por todo lo dicho, deseo expresar nuestro aprecio al actual Director General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, por la excelente labor realizada y, en particular, por convertirse en un líder global en la lucha por alcanzar el Hambre Cero.”

Philippines
Mr Emmanuel F. Piñol, Secretary for Agriculture
“We extend our utmost appreciation to the outgoing Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for effectively leading FAO in the fight against hunger and poverty and in promoting food security and nutrition for all.”

Qatar
Mr Abdulaziz Bin Ahmed AL MALKI, Minister for Municipality and Environment
“I also thank, Dr José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General, for the praise worthy efforts he made at the service of this Organization and its noble humanitarian goals.”

Republic of Korea
Mr Hee-Seog Kwon, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to Italy
“Our sincere gratitude goes to the Director-General, Dr. José Graziano da Silva, and the Secretariat for their dedicated efforts toward global Zero Hunger. During his tenure, Dr da Silva has demonstrated outstanding stewardship in leading the Organization by example, and faithfully implementing tough mandates accorded to him. We will remember and cherish his achievements and legacy to continue the noble mission of FAO.”

Republic Of Korea
Mr Hee-Seog Kwon, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to Italy
“Finally, my sincere gratitude goes to the Director General Dr José Graziano da Silva and the Secretariat for their dedicated efforts towards Zero Hunger. Over the years, Director General da Silva has exercised outstanding stewardship in leading the Organization in faithfully implementing the tougher mandate accorded to him. We will remember and cherish his achievements and legacies. I wish you all the best in your new endeavours.”

Romania
Mr Petre Daea, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development
“On behalf of Romania, Presidency of the European Union, thanks for the work of Dr José Graziano da Silva and for this event.”

Romania
Mr Vlad Mustaciosu, Counsellor, Deputy Permanent Representative to FAO
“I would also like to thank the outgoing Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for his commitment and hard work over the past eight years.”

Russian Federation
Mr Alexey Gordeev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
“I would like to thank the outgoing Director-General Dr José Graziano da Silva for his skillful leadership at this Organization and I would especially like to recall his contribution to the successful outcome of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe that was held in Voronezh in Russia last year.”

Rwanda
Ms Géraldine Mukeshimana, Ministre de l’agriculture et des ressources animales
“I also wanted to extend a special appreciation to the outgoing Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for your energy, passion and actions towards Zero Hunger.”

Saint Vincent Grenadines
Mr Caesar Saboto, Minister for Agriculture
“On behalf of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), we wish to thank Dr José Graziano da Silva, a brother, comrade and a friend for his excellent work in reducing hunger and undernourishment, not only in our region, but also in his fight globally. As he leaves we wish him all the very best.”

Samoa
Mr Lopao’o Natanielu Mua, Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
“In closing, I wish to take this opportunity on behalf of our Government and our people to acknowledge with much appreciation the outgoing Director-General and our High Chief, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for his excellent services to FAO and, in particular, the Pacific island countries. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours and I hope you come to Samoa soon.”

Saudi Arabia
Mr Mohammed Ahmed M. Alghamdi, Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative to FAO
“On behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I would like to express our gratitude to the FAO Director-General, as well as all of FAO’s staff who have worked with him untiringly to provide a good organization of the Conference.
We would also like to express our gratitude and deepest appreciation to His Excellency, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for his efforts at the helm of FAO throughout his two mandates and for all the efforts he has made, which reflect the considerable role that FAO plays in agricultural commodity production.”

Senegal
Mr Mamadou Saliou Diouf, Ambassadeur, Représentant permanent auprès de la FAO
“Nous souhaitons également féliciter et rendre un vibrant hommage au Directeur général sortant, M. José Graziano da Silva, pour son leadership et pour l’engagement inlassable dont il a fait montre tout au long de ses mandats à la tête de notre Organisation.”

Seychelles
Mr Charles Bastienne, Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture
“I would like to thank Dr Graziano da Silva, the outgoing FAO Director-General, for the great work he has done over the last eight years.”

Singapore
Mr Kok Thai Lim, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Food Agency
“We also wish to record our thanks to the outgoing Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for his significant contribution during his tenure as FAO Director-General, particularly his efforts towards Zero Hunger.”

Singapore
Mr Kok Thai Lim, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Food Agency
“I will also like to extend my appreciation to Dr José Graziano da Silva for his able leadership of FAO over the past eight years.”

Solomon Islands
M. Jean-Paul Carteron, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“Monsieur le Directeur général élu, je voudrais former des vœux tout particuliers pour la réussite de cette mission difficile qui vous est donnée. Avec M. Graziano da Silva, en ce qui concerne le Pacifique, nous avons commencé un très beau travail. Les pays du Pacifique, qui sont tous ici représentés, vivent dans des conditions extrêmement difficiles.
Monsieur da Silva, au moment où vous allez quitter cette maison, nous vous remercions et gardons beaucoup de respect et de reconnaissance pour vous, pour tout ce que vous avez fait.”

Somalia
Mr Said Hussein Iid, Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation
“We also congratulate the outgoing Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for his vision and dedication, in particular the Zero Hunger Programme, and for the historic visit he made to Somalia in the aftermath of the 2011 drought in which he visited Somalia to witness the effects of the drought in the region.”

Somalia
Mr Said Hussein Iid, Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation
“I also pay tribute to the outgoing Director-General Dr Graziano da Silva for the leadership and hard work he has shown during his tenure as Director-General of FAO.”

South Africa
Mr Shirish Manaklal Soni, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“I would also like to thank the current Director-General, for supporting us continuously and dedicating the last eight years of your life to FAO. More importantly, I would like to thank you for inviting Ms Graça Machel to deliver the lecture yesterday.”

South Africa
Ms Ann Marie Moulton, Counsellor, Alternate Permanent Representative FAO
“I would also like to take this opportunity to pay our gratitude to the outgoing Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for providing excellent leadership in managing the affairs of this Organization during his tenure.”

South Sudan
Mr Ajing Adiang Marik Ajing, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“On behalf of the G77, I would like to recognize the work done by Dr José Graziano da Silva during his tenure as Director-General, acknowledging his tireless commitment to Zero Hunger and ending all forms of malnutrition.”

Spain
Mr Carlos Cabanas Godino, Consejero, Representante Permanente Adjunto ante la FAO
“Asimismo, quisiéramos aprovechar la ocasión para agradecer al Dr. José Graziano da Silva por su dedicación a la FAO durante sus dos mandatos como Director General de la Organización liderando la lucha contra el hambre a nivel mundial.”

Sri Lanka
Mr W. M. M. B. WEERASEKARA, Commissioner General of Agrarian Development
“We also thank Dr José Graziano da Silva, the outgoing Director-General for his commitments and farsighted policies in the field of agriculture, enabling Sri Lanka to move from a lower to upper middle level nation.”

Sudan
Mr Osman Mohamed Ali Babiker, Undersecretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
“I would like to thank the outgoing Director-General Mr José Graziano da Silva for all of the efforts that he has undertaken in order to manage and guide the Organization and for his participation at the Regional Conference.”

Sweden
Ms Jennie Nilsson, Minister for Rural Affairs
“Finally, I want to take the opportunity to express my gratitude to Dr José Graziano da Silva, for all of his work and dedication to FAO.”

Switzerland
Mr François Pythoud, Ambassadeur, Représentant permanent auprès de la FAO
“Nous souhaitons également remercier M. José Graziano da Silva pour son engagement au service de l’Organisation et de la lutte contre la faim ces huit dernières années.”

Syrian Arab Republic
Mr Ahmad Fateh Al Qaderi, Minister for Agriculture and Agrarian Reform
“Allow me to express my deep appreciation for the outgoing Director-General for all his efforts to modernize FAO. I also thank him for his achievements in the agricultural sector in Damascus, so that we can avert the adverse impacts, especially among farmers in the agricultural sector.”

Syria
Mr Ahmad Fateh Al Qaderi, Minister for Agriculture and Agrarian Reform
“On this occasion, I would like to thank Dr José Graziano da Silva. I highly appreciate his efforts during his tenure as Director-General of the Organization. He was always concerned with our region and worried about achieving the objectives of the Organization by implementing several programs which had positive impacts and contributed to the achievement of our joint goals.”

Tanzania
Mr Japhet Ngailonga Hasunga, Minister for Agriculture
“We also thank the outgoing Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva for the leadership during his term of service.”

Timor-Leste
Mr Egas Da Costa Freitas, Ambassador, Embassy of Timor-Leste to the Holy See
“We also congratulate Dr José Graziano da Silva, the outgoing Director-General of the FAO for all of his achievements that he has achieved through this major institution of the FAO and that he has led for several years.”

Togo
Mr Koutéra Bataka, Ministre de l’agriculture, de la production animale et halieutique
“La délégation du Togo se réjouit de cette heureuse nomination, de l’élection du nouveau Directeur général, et tient aussi à féliciter, comme les prédécesseurs l’ont fait, le Directeur général sortant, M. Graziano da Silva, qui, à la tête de notre Organisation, a mis en place des réformes formidables.”

Togo
Mr Koutéra Bataka, Ministre de l’agriculture, de la production animale et halieutique
“La délégation togolaise, par ma voix, voudrait d’abord féliciter le Directeur général sortant, M. Graziano da Silva, pour tout le travail qu’il a abattu avec son équipe ainsi que pour les réformes initiées, afin de permettre à l’Organisation de répondre à des besoins croissants dans le domaine de l’alimentation et de l’agriculture dans un contexte de rareté des ressources.”

Tonga
Ms Losaline Ma’asi, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry
“We also thank the outgoing Dr José Graziano da Silva for his services during his role as Director General.”

Tonga
Ms Losaline Ma’asi, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry
“Once again, Tonga wants to thank Dr José Graziano da Silva for the eight years serving FAO Member Countries, including Tonga.”

Tunisia
Mr Samir Taieb, Ministre de l’agriculture, des ressources hydrauliques et de la pêche
“Merci encore à M. Graziano da Silva, le Directeur général actuel de la FAO.”

Turkey
Mr Murat Salim Esenli, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“I also would like to join the previous speakers in thanking Dr José Graziano da Silva for the hard work he put in towards achieving the 2030 Development Goals during his mandate. We wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Uganda
Mr Vincent Ssempijja, Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
“On behalf of the Uganda delegation, I wish to offer our sincere thanks, firstly, to the outgoing Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for having spearheaded this vibrant FAO. We thank you very much for loving our country and supporting us in our endeavours to feed not only Ugandans, also the 1.5 million refugees you personally visited them.”

Uganda
Mr Vincent Ssempijja, Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
“I wish also to thank the outgoing Director-General, Dr. Graziano da Silva, and the FAO Team for conducting the study on The State of Food and Agriculture 2018, under the theme Migration, Agriculture and Rural Development.”

Ukraine
Ms Olena Kovalova, Deputy Minister for Agrarian Policy and Food
“Firstly, I would like to take the opportunity to express gratitude to the outgoing Director-General José Graziano da Silva for his commitment and leadership in the fight against hunger in the world.”

United Arab Emirates
Ms Mariam Bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Mheiri, Minister for Food Security
“We also convey our sincere gratitude to our brother and friend, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for all his efforts and support and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. His valuable inputs are well recognised around the world.”

United Kingdom
Ms Terri Sarch, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“I would like to start by thanking the outgoing Director-General Dr José Graziano da Silva and wish him well for his next move.”

United States Of America
Mr Ted Mc Kinney, Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture
“Again, I must thank Director-General Dr José Graziano da Silva, for his fine service during these many years.”

Uruguay
Sra. Imelda SMOLCIC, Ministra Consejera, Representante Permanente Alterna ante la FAO
“Al señor Director General saliente, Dr José Graziano da Silva, nuestro grupo se enorgullece de haberlo tenido todo este tiempo liderando nuestra organización. Le deseamos todo lo mejor en toda tarea, porque seguramente no se va a quedar en su casa tranquilo. En cualquier tarea que comience.”

Uzbekistan
Mr Jamshid Khodjaev, Minister for Agriculture
“First of all, I would like to thank Dr. Graziano Da Silva for his valuable service and sincere commitment to the fight on world hunger. His input in food security and sustainable agriculture development is invaluable and highly appreciated by Uzbekistan.”

República Bolivariana De Venezuela
Sr. Felix Plasencia González, Viceministro para Temas Multilaterales
“Felicito también el esfuerzo de los dos otros candidatos y aprovecho esta importante oportunidad para dar las gracias y felicitar a nuestro hermano brasileño, nuestro hermano latinoamericano, José Graziano da Silva, por el maravilloso y profundo trabajo realizado estos últimos años. Éxitos, salud y felicidad en su futuro.”

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Mr Jorge Alberto Arreaza Montserrat, Ministro del Poder Popular para las Relaciones Exteriores y Vicepresidente Sectorial de Soberanía Política, Seguridad y Paz
“En nombre del pueblo de Venezuela, del Gobierno del Presidente Nicolás Maduro, queremos expresar nuestra gratitud por la relación que se ha desarrollado con la FAO a lo largo de los últimos años y agradecerle especialmente al Dr José Graziano da Silva por su entrega, su disposición, su rigor y su preocupación por las grandes necesidades de alimentación y de producción de alimentos para la vida, para la salud en esta humanidad. Creemos que el aporte que ha hecho José Graziano da Silva quedará registrado para la historia y a partir de él podremos seguir construyendo.
Y así, hemos continuado con la inversión. Creemos que la etapa de desarrollo que en materia agrícola ha alcanzado Venezuela debe mantenerse a presar de la agresión. Y por eso hacemos un llamado, así como en estos ocho años de gestión del Dr José Graziano da Silva, incluso el Programa SANA con Venezuela, el Programa de Cooperación se creó el Programa Hugo Chávez de Seguridad, Soberanía Alimentaria y Nutricional para la Zona del Caribe y del Norte de Suramérica, y creemos que podemos construir mucho más a partir de una relación profunda de cooperación técnica.”

Viet Nam
Ms Thi Bich Hue Nguyen, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“Nous voudrions vous remercier également M Graziano da Silva pour votre précieuse contribution à nos objectifs communs durant votre mandat. Enfin, merci aux candidats français et géorgien pour avoir partagé leur vision et leur programme tout au long de la campagne et nous espérons que ces priorités et programmes seront pris en compte par le nouveau Directeur général.”

Viet Nam
Ms Thi Bich Hue Nguyen, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“First of all, allow me, on behalf of the delegation of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, to congratulate, His Excellency Dr José Graziano da Silva, for your excellent leadership and achievements that FAO has contributed to its Members during your term.”

Yemen
Mr Othman Hussein Faid Mujli, Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation
“I would like to extend my words of gratitude to Dr José Graziano da Silva for the work he has done at FAO during his tenure.”

Zimbabwe
Mr Godfrey Magwenzi, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO
“Firstly, I commend the outgoing Director-General for a job well done. Dr José Graziano da Silva you were a champion for the poor and you gave the poor a voice in the discourse on food and agriculture. You leave a great legacy in this Organization. We wish you well in your next endeavours”.

Mr Khalid Mehboob
“I thank you Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for opening the Conference and reminding us of the paramount nature of our work here this week, which I am sure the Delegates will bear in mind during the deliberations in Plenary and the Commissions.
The RBAs have made considerable progress in working together on shared commitments to accomplish their respective work agendas. The Director-General, Dr Graziano da Silva, has championed this collaboration and has often said that we can only accomplish together what we actually do together. I thank you, Dr Graziano da Silva, for your resolve to this end and for your commitment to this spirit.
Finally, I should like to thank Dr Graziano da Silva for his openness and ready cooperation he provided me during my tenure as Independent Chairperson of the Council, thus facilitating my interaction with Members and Management.”

Chairperson Of The G77 And China
Ms Natalina Edward Mou, Minister Plenipotentiary, Alternate Permanent Representative of South Sudan to FAO
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr José Graziano da Silva for his wise leadership. I would like to congratulate Dr Qu Dongyu the new Director-General of FAO.”

Commission I Sessions

Chile
Mr. Alfonso Vargas, Subsecretario, Ministerio de Agricultura
“En relación a este tema y, en representación del gobierno de Chile y del Presidente Sebastián Piñera, quiero expresar nuestro agradecimiento a las autoridades y representantes de los Estados Miembros así como a la FAO y al Director General, José Graziano da Silva, por el apoyo brindado en lograr el apoyo a esta importante iniciativa que busca, principalmente, crear conciencia en la población y en las autoridades sobre la relevancia de generar políticas públicas que promuevan sistemas alimentarios sostenibles apoyados en dietas saludables, definición que incorpora un significativo y equilibrado consumo de frutas y verduras, prestando atención a los sistemas de producción.”

Sudan
Mr Osman Mohamed Ali Babiker, Undersecretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
“I wish, on behalf of the Government of my country, to express my thanks to Dr José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Organization, at the end of his term for his excellent efforts and for the fact that he participated personally in the Regional Conference in Khartoum.”

Sudan
Mr Osman Mohamed Ali Babiker, Undersecretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
“I wish, on behalf of the Government of my country, to express my thanks to Dr José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Organization, at the end of his term for his excellent efforts and for the fact that he participated personally in the Regional Conference in Khartoum.”

Vice-Chairperson, 31st Regional Conference for Europe
Ms Gunnvör Berge, Counsellor, Deputy Permanent Representative to FAO
“I would also like to recognize with appreciation the participation of the Director-General, the Independent Chairperson of the Council and the Chairperson of the Committee of World Food Security.”

Commission II Sessions

Angola
Ms Maria Esperança Pires dos Santos, Conseillère, Représentante permanente suppléante auprès de la FAO
“The African Regional Group welcomes the effort of FAO and the Director-General in maintaining a flat nominal regular programme budget and in identifying savings and efficiencies across a range of areas, as well the increasing level of extra budgetary contributions which reflects the confidence of Members in the leadership and work of the Organization.”

Australia
Mr Ryan Wilson, Director, Multilateral Agriculture Policy, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
“Australia welcomes the zero nominal growth regular programme budget and we thank the Director-General for this as an ongoing achievement during his tenure as he well stated over the weekend. Savings and efficiencies not only keep an Organization focused but create the chance to invest in new priorities.”

Bangladesh
Mr Manash Mitra, Counsellor, Alternate Permanent Representative to FAO
“We would also like to thank the outgoing Director-General for the commendable work he has done during his two tenures, especially to accommodate the demands of FAO Members within the flat nominal budget.”

Brazil
Mr Rodrigo Estrela de Carvalho, Counsellor, Alternate Permanent Representative to FAO
“Brazil commends Dr José Graziano da Silva, the outgoing Director-General, for his unequivocal commitment to make this Organization much more efficient and effective. Since 2012, FAO has experienced a major transformational change that contributes to extensive tangible results in Member States.”

Congo
Mme Jeanne Dambendzet, Ambassadeur auprès de l’Italie
“La délégation congolaise se joint aux premiers intervenants pour rendre hommage au Directeur général sortant, pour son action efficace à la tête de la FAO durant son mandat, et lui souhaite plein succès dans la vie qu’il va mener maintenant, assurés qu’il saura mettre à profit le repos qu’il mérite et l’exploitation de l’expertise acquise dans son rôle de Directeur général de cette grande Organisation qu’est la FAO.”

Egypt
Mr Haitham Abdelhady, First Secretary, Alternate Permanent Representative to FAO
“Egypt appreciates the significant efforts made by the Director-General to maintain a flat nominal budget by absorbing cost increases through efficiency savings that reached around USD 150 million in the last years.”

Indonesia
Ms Vivi Feriany, First Secretary, Directorate of Trade, Commodity and Intellectual Property, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
“Indonesia appreciates the Director-General and the Secretariat’s work to maintain a flat nominal budget with no change in the level of assessed contributions, while managing to address and realign focus of the Organization’s strategic programmes with the current challenges and global developments in the food and agriculture sector.”

New Zealand
Mr Don Syme, Counsellor, Deputy Permanent Representative to FAO
“New Zealand would like to thank FAO for delivering a flat nominal budget through cost savings and efficiencies and we highly appreciate that USD 150 million in efficiency savings have been found since 2012 and we would like to commend the outgoing Director-General Graziano da Silva and his team for their efforts.”

Philippines
Mr Theodore Andrei Bauzon, Third Secretary, Alternate Permanent Representative to FAO
“We commend the Director-General and the Secretariat for maintaining a flat nominal regular programme budget for 2020-21 with no change in the level of assessed contributions and net budgetary appropriation compared with 2018-19.”

United States of America
Mr Thomas Duffy, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., United States Mission to the United Nations Agencies
“Firstly, we would like to begin by commending the outgoing FAO Director-General, Dr José Graziano da Silva, for proposing a zero nominal growth budget and for his overall ability to manage FAO in difficult budgetary circumstances.”