US embassy cable - 02ROME2188

WORLD FOOD SUMMIT FIVE YEARS LATER: INFORMAL DISCUSSION OF DRAFT DECLARATION

Identifier: 02ROME2188
Wikileaks: View 02ROME2188 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 2002-05-06 13:37:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: AORC EAID FAO AGR
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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UNCLAS ROME 002188 
 
SIPDIS 
 
USDA FOR FAS/LYNN REICH AND DICK HUGHES 
STATE FOR IO/EDA ROSE BERSTEIN 
USAID FOR RALPH CUMMINGS 
 
FROM FODAG 
 
E.O. 12958:  N/A 
TAGS: AORC, EAID, FAO, AGR 
SUBJECT:  WORLD FOOD SUMMIT FIVE YEARS LATER: INFORMAL 
DISCUSSION OF DRAFT DECLARATION 
 
1.  SUMMARY AND ACTION REQUEST:  AT THE INSTIGATION OF 
THE INDEPENDENT CHAIR OF THE FAO COUNCIL, A GROUP WILL 
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MEET INFORMALLY MAY 18 TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON THE DRAFT 
DECLARATION FOR THE WORLD FOOD SUMMIT FIVE YEARS LATER. 
GUIDANCE REQUESTED NO LATER THAN MAY 16 ON THE DRAFT TEXT 
FOR USE DURING THE EXCHANGE OF VIEWS.  END SUMMARY. 
 
2.  AT  A LUNCHEON MEETING OF REPRESENTATIVES OF FAO'S 
SEVEN REGIONAL GROUPS, CHAIRED BY THE INDEPENDENT 
CHAIRMAN OF THE FAO COUNCIL, IT WAS DECIDED TO MEET AT 
THE FAO ON MAY 18 TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON THE TEXT OF A 
DRAFT DECLARATION FOR THE WORLD FOOD SUMMIT:FIVE YEARS 
LATER (WFS5YL).  THE STARTING POINT IS THE HEAVILY 
BRACKETED DRAFT THAT WAS LEFT UNFINISHED WHEN THE OPEN- 
ENDED WORKING GROUP (OEWG) LAST MET IN JUNE, 2001.  THE 
COMPOSITION OF THE MEETING WILL REFLECT THE COMPOSITION 
OF THE OEWG AND THE TWO CO-CHAIRS ARE TO REPRESENT BOTH 
THE G-77 AND OECD GROUPS. 
 
3.  SEVERAL DELEGATIONS (AND THE DIRECTOR GENERAL) HAVE 
PUSHED UNSUCCESSFULLY TO ADVANCE NEGOTIATION OF THE TEXT 
OF THE DECLARATION IN ORDER TO CONCLUDE EARLIER THAN HAD 
BEEN AGREED LAST NOVEMBER, I.E. BY THE COMMITTEE ON FOOD 
SECURITY (CFS) JUNE 6-8.  OTHER GROUPS, MOST NOTABLY THE 
EUROPEAN REGION, HAVE INSISTED THAT THE TIMETABLE AGREED 
TO AT THE LAST COUNCIL BE RESPECTED. SEVERAL REGIONAL 
GROUPS HAVE CONSULTED INTERNALLY, BUT TO DATE THERE HAS 
BEEN NO EXCHANGE OF VIEWS AMONG THE GROUPS. 
 
4.  THE EU HAS EXAMINED THE DECLARATION AT THE EXPERT 
LEVEL IN BRUSSELS AND STARTED A SERIES OF CONSULTATIONS 
WITH OTHER GROUPS IN ROME, BUT HAS NOT AGREED AMONG 
MEMBER STATES ON A FINAL TEXT.  THEY MEET AGAIN IN 
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BRUSSELS MAY 15. THE EU HAS IDENTIFIED PARAS 8, 12, 13, 
15, 16, 17, 19 AND 21 AS PROBLEMATIC. 
 
5. PROGRESS IS MIXED ON AMONG THE G-77 GROUPS.  THE LATIN 
AMERICAN GROUP REPORTEDLY HAS AGREED ON A TEXT, BUT 
OTHERS IN THE G-77 ARE STILL STAKING OUT THE GROUND 
RULES.  THE MIDDLE EAST GROUP PROPOSED DISCUSSION OF 
BRACKETED TEXT ONLY, REJECTING PROPOSALS TO INTRODUCE NEW 
LANGUAGE.  THE CO-CHAIR FROM THE AFRICA GROUP EXPRESSED 
THE VIEW THAT THE OEWG IS CLOSE TO AGREEMENT ON MANY 
POINTS BUT NEEDS TIME FOR DISCUSSION.  THE ASIA GROUP IS 
DIVIDED BETWEEN THOSE WHO PREFER TO STICK TO THE AGREED 
TIMETABLE AND THOSE PUSHING FOR ADVANCEMENT. 
 
6.  WHILE THE EU, US AND AUSTRALIA STRESSED THAT SUCH A 
MEETING SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A NEGOTIATION, 
REPRESENTATIVES AGREED AN INFORMAL EXCHANGE OF VIEWS 
WOULD FACILITATE PREPARATIONS FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOOD 
SECURITY WHICH MEETS JUNE 6-8.  ALTHOUGH IT WAS AGREED 
THERE SHOULD BE TWO CO-CHAIRS, THE MAIN STICKING POINT 
THAT REMAINS IS WHO WILL REPRESENT THE OECD SIDE. 
(IRANIAN AMBASSADOR NOORI NAEENI WILL CHAIR FOR THE G- 
77).  THE IRISH REPRESENTATIVE WHO CHAIRED THE CFS AND 
OEWG IS NOT ABLE TO COME TO ROME IN ADVANCE OF JUNE.  THE 
INDEPENDENT CHAIR SUGGESTED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROGRAM 
COMMITTEE, WHO IS FROM THE NETHERLANDS, BUT HE WILL NOT 
BE AVAILABLE.  ANOTHER SUGGESTION WAS THAT THE U.S. 
(ACTING PERM REP),AS A MEMBER OF THE CFS BUREAU, CO-CHAIR 
THE MEETING. 
 
7.  ACTION REQUEST: DEPARTMENT GUIDANCE REQUESTED ON THE 
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TEXT OF THE DRAFT DECLARATION FOR USE DURING THE INFORMAL 
DISCUSSIONS MAY 17.  OF PARTICULAR USE WOULD BE: 
---INDICATIONS OF WHERE WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE TEXT 
REPLACED WITH LANGUAGE DRAWN FROM ANOTHER AGREED TEXT 
(E.G., THE MONTERREY OUTCOME ON FINANCING OR THE DOHA 
AGREEMENT ON THE NEW TRADE ROUND); 
-- INDICATIONS OF TEXT WHICH IS UNACCEPTABLE TO THE U.S. 
 
8.  WHILE THERE WILL BE STRONG PRESSURE TO REFRAIN FROM 
INTRODUCING NEW PARAGRAPHS, THE INFORMAL MEETING WILL BE 
THE APPROPRIATE TIME TO FLOAT ANY NEW TOPICS WHICH WE MAY 
WISH TO SEE COVERED IN THE DECLARATION. 
 
9.  DEPARTMENT GUIDANCE ALSO REQUESTED ON U.S. CO- 
CHAIRING WITH AMBASSADOR NOORI NAEENI THE INFORMAL 
EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON MAY 18. HEILEMAN 
 
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 2002ROME02188 - Classification: UNCLASSIFIED 


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