FAO Council: Mandatory Age of Separation raised to 65 years


Rome, 4 - 8 June 2018 - In the first week of June 2018, the 159th session of the Council took place in the FAO Headquarters.

159 session of FAO Council
159 session of FAO Council© StäV / Rom

In the five-day meeting, the FAO Council took a number of important decisions.

  • The terms of reference of the Audit-Committee were updated and brought in line with other UN organizations: The Audit Committee will hitherto report to both the FAO DG and the Finance Committee.
  • Council also noted that the practice of regional seat sharing arrangements for the Council was not in contradiction to the Basic Text.
  • The new FAO Action plan on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment was discussed.
  • Finally, the FAO Council agreed to implement the UN GA resolution 70/244 to raise the mandatory age of separation for staff recruited before 1 January 2014 to 65 years, effective as of 1 July 2019.
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