On 23rd June, 2019 in Rome, Qu Dongyu of China was elected Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The election took place during the 41st session of the FAO Conference (22-29 June 2019), the highest governing body of the Organization. Qu Dongyu on Sunday became the first Chinese national to be elected to head the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, clinching the post in the first round of voting.
Qu, 55, a biologist by training, won 108 votes, followed by Catherine Geslain-Laneelle of France with 71 votes and Georgia’s Davit Kirvalidze with 12, according to official results.
He said the following after winning: “I’m very grateful to all member countries for your active participation,” the new FAO chief said after the results were announced. “Thanks also to other candidates who helped make me better.I will be committed to FAO’s original aspirations, mandates and the missions of the organisation.”
The following are ten interesting things you should know about the newly Elected Director General of the UN-FAO Dr. Qu Dong Yu.
1). Qu Dong Yu, who was born in 1963, is currently Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China.He became vice minister in 2015.
2). Qu Dongyu will be FAO’s ninth Director-General since the Organization was founded on October 16, 1945.
3). Qu is the first person from a Communist country to hold the FAO director-general’s chair. He will succeed José Graziano da Silva from Brazil for a 4-year term.
4). Qu Dongyu is a Han nationality. He is is a native of Yongzhou City, Hunan Province. Han is an ethnic group from China. 92% of the Chinese population and more than 97% of the Taiwanese population are Han. Out of the entire human population in the world, 19% are Han Chinese.
5). He graduated from Hunan Agricultural College in 1983 with a Bachelor Degree.
6).Dr. Qu joined the Ccommunist Party of china in 1986.This party is also referred to as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It is the founding and ruling political party of the People’s Republic of China.
7) He secured his master’s degree from school of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science. Founded in 1957, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) is a national agricultural research institution undertaking China’s agricultural research and development in both basic and applied sciences as well as new and advanced application technology. .
8) He bagged a Doctorate Degree from Holland in 1996.
9) From 2001 until May 2011, he was Vice President of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science.
10) From 2011 to 2015 he was Vice-Chairman of Autonomous Region People’s Government, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
We congratulate Dr Qu Dongyu on his new appointment as the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization.
According to the FAO website, the following should also be noted:
“ In accordance with Rule XXXVII.1(b) of the General Rules of the Organization, the Council at its 159th Session (June 2018) “set the dates of 1 December 2018 to 28 February 2019 as the period during which Member Nations could submit nominations for the office of Director-General” (CL 159/REP, paragraph 18). As agreed by the Council at its 160th Session (December 2018), nominations received by the established deadline were circulated immediately thereafter by circular letter, through the FAO Members Gateway and included in document C 2019/7. 2.
On 21 March 2019, the Secretary-General of the Conference and Council received a communication from the Government of Cameroon informing of the withdrawal of the nomination of Médi Moungui. 3. On 13 June 2019, the Secretary-General of the Conference and Council received a communication from the Government of India informing of the withdrawal of the nomination of Ramesh Chand, attached in Appendix A. 4. Subsequently, the candidates nominated for the office of Director-General are: China Qu Dongyu France Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle Georgia Davit Kirvalidze”